Divorce can turn friends into enemies. A better and less stressful solution might be a collaborative divorce. It can also save couples time and money.
According to attorney Joryn Jenkins, “By the end of the divorce trial, spouses can become enemies. Litigation makes people be mean to each other. … But people usually don’t know that there’s another option, and lawyers don’t tell them.”
WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
A collaborative divorce includes a team of four people: a lawyer for each spouse, a mental health coach, and a financial professional. They all work together to create a divorce agreement which includes alimony, division of marital property, and child visitation and support.
A collaborative divorce is face-to-face whise each spouse gives their opinion in order to reach emotional as well as financial and legal solutions.
“The rewards of collaborative divorce are huge,” according to attorney Joryn Jenkins. “You learn to work out issues and say things in a better way.”
A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE IS SHORTER AND COSTS LESS
A collaborative divorce may save you both time and money. While a regular divorce that goes to a trial may cost $100,000, the average collaborative divorce is about $32,000.
In addition to less money, the average collaborative divorce lasts three to four months to settle compared to a divorce trial that can drag on for years. Because a judge makes the final decision in a trial divorce, there isn’t much control when it comes to the process, timing, or outcome of the case.
“People are raiding their retirement accounts just to pay for divorces,” said collaborative attorney Rackham Karlsson. “Going to court can be more expensive, more time intensive and corrosive for children.”
COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE A GOOD ALTERNATIVE
If a couple can work through their divorce by doing a collaborative divorce compared to a standard one, they save time and money, as well as lots of headaches.
Source: CNBC, How to avoid a nasty and costly divorce war, February 26, 2015
If you are planning to divorce and feel a collaborative divorce might be a good alternative, you need to contact a collaborative divorce attorney such as (619) Divorce, to help put together your team.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 431-3131