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What Are the Benefits of Using the Collaborative Divorce Process?

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Over the years, the trends and typical practices in family law have changed and evolved as society has. Decades ago, it was common for a couple to take their divorce to a judge to have him or her sort the issues out, rather than resolving the issues out themselves. Now, most divorce court systems across the country encourage couples to work with one another as much as possible to create a divorce settlement that is mutually agreeable. One such practice that has been shown to greatly increase the success rate of uncontentious divorces is utilizing the collaborative divorce process

Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

While some couples may be on the same page when it comes to getting a divorce, the unfortunate truth is that most couples will not be. Most of the time, one partner (typically the one who did not initiate the divorce) is much more hesitant and can even be more adversarial than the other partner, making the divorce process that much more difficult. The collaborative divorce process offers a way for both spouses to work together with their attorneys and a team of supporting professionals in a cooperative manner to produce a divorce agreement. For many couples, the collaborative divorce process carries many benefits that can greatly enhance and improve their divorce experience. These benefits include:

  • Being able to complete your divorce as quickly or as leisurely as you would like 

  • Reducing the stress and contention that is often present when two people do not readily agree on issues

  • Encouraging you and your spouse to effectively communicate with one another and to follow these methods after the divorce in co-parenting relationships

  • Allowing you to make decisions for your family, rather than having a judge make those decisions for you

  • Providing you with specialized support for nearly all aspects of your divorce from various professionals

  • Reducing the amount of tension and stress that your children may experience

  • Focusing on the needs of everyone in the family, rather than trying to “win” the settlement

Our Bolingbrook Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Can Answer Your Questions

There are many benefits to a collaborative divorce, but this type of divorce will not always be suitable for all scenarios. For example, if one spouse does not agree to use the collaborative divorce process, sign the collaborative agreement, or if there has been a history of domestic violence in the family, a collaborative divorce is likely not the best option for your situation. At the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C., we can help you determine which divorce process would best benefit your family. To schedule a free consultation with our skilled DuPage County collaborative divorce attorneys, call our office today at 630-355-7776.

Sources:

https://collaborativedivorceillinois.org/collaborative-divorce-right/

https://collaborativedivorceillinois.org/benefits-of-collaborative-divorce/

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=3804&ChapterID=59

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