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What Are the Advantages of Collaborative Law?

Posted on in Mediation and Collaborative Law

IL divorce lawyerMany people are surprised to learn that deciding how to end their marriage can be just as difficult as the decision to divorce. There are several different ways that you can end your marriage in Illinois. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. In this blog, we discuss the advantages of using collaborative law to resolve divorce issues. Collaborative divorce is a cooperative process in which spouses work together to negotiate, and hopefully, reach an agreement on divorce issues.

Collaborative Divorce Prioritizes Cooperation and Civility

There is no doubt about it, the more contentious your divorce, the greater the cost – both financially and personally. Most divorcing spouses want to maintain as much civility as possible when they get divorced both for their own sake and the sake of their children. In a collaborative divorce, spouses and other participants agree to negotiate in good faith, share information freely, and maintain a respectful attitude toward each other. This is not to say that collaborative divorces are void of any conflict. However, collaborative divorce cases typically involve less hostility than cases resolved through litigation.

The Information and Discussions Are Confidential

When discussing divorce issues like asset division, child custody, and spousal support, you will almost certainly divulge personal details. If you are like most people, you want to avoid confidential information about your income, assets, or lifestyle from being publicly available. Unlike hearings, depositions, and other aspects of the divorce litigation process, the negotiations and conversations that you have during collaborative meetings are confidential.

You Work with Professionals Who Help You Make the Best Decisions Possible

The sheer number of concerns you must address during divorce can be overwhelming for anyone. One of the main advantages of a collaborative divorce is that you have the opportunity to work with professionals such as accountants, appraisers, tax professionals, and child specialists. These individuals do not take one spouse’s side over the other. Their purpose is to help you understand all of the facts so you can make the best decisions possible about divorce issues.

You Maintain Control Over the Outcome of Your Divorce

The outcome of your divorce will dramatically affect your life and your children’s lives. When you utilize the collaborative process to resolve divorce issues, you stay in control of the divorce’s outcome. You are not asking a judge to make decisions for you.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

There are many different ways to get divorced in Illinois. For help deciding which option is right for you, contact a skilled Naperville divorce attorney from Pesce Law Group, P.C. Call us at 630-352-2240 for a free, confidential consultation.



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