The Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce
By John Anthony Ward on June 28, 2019
Divorce is not just a simple resolution of a marriage. Divorce involves a lot of complex issues that need to be settled. Child custody, division of assets, and spousal support matters can create significant tension in an already tumultuous relationship. When spouses cannot come to an agreement on how to settle these types of matters, court is the only option.
There are some couples who do not have as many disagreements going into a divorce. If spouses agree on many of the matters involved in a divorce or are willing to come to agreements together, they can avoid court by going through a collaborative divorce. Kenosha, WI attorney John Anthony Ward is happy to assist clients in a collaborative divorce proceeding.
What Is a Collaborative Divorce?
Rather than settling matters in a court setting, which can create a combative atmosphere, collaborative divorce involves both spouses coming together to settle disputes through mediation and negotiation. Collaborative divorces typically involve several meetings that are attended by both spouses and their attorneys. These meetings are collaborative, and the common goal is to resolve divorce issues amicably, in a way that will be satisfactory to all parties.
Although a collaborative divorce does not take place in court, it is still a serious legal proceeding. Mr. Ward will guide our Kenosha clients through each step of the process so that matters can be settled fairly.
Before negotiations begin, Mr. Ward will meet with the client privately. Although a collaborative divorce will involve some compromise, we will protect your interests in the divorce. After discussing ideal settlements, Mr. Ward will find out where the client is willing to budge, and exactly what the limits are. This allows him to go into negotiation proceedings with the client’s best interests in mind.
Once negotiations begin, all involved parties will meet to resolve issues such as child custody and division of assets. In addition to both spouses and their attorneys, these meetings may be attended by impartial professionals, such as child custody specialists or accountants. These parties can help both sides come to an acceptable settlement without going to court.
If spouses are unable to come to an agreement through routine negotiations, a professional mediator may become involved. A mediator works between both sides to further guide proceedings and encourage an amicable resolution.
When a settlement has been agreed upon, both parties will sign an agreement that they are settling out of court. The settlement and divorce papers can then be signed and filed through family court. Since a collaborative divorce does not involve any litigation, all settlements will be accepted as filed.
Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce
When spouses are willing to work together on a collaborative divorce, there are many advantages. A collaborative divorce tends to be far less stressful for our Kenosha clients than a contentious court hearing. In addition, collaborative divorces are settled faster than a traditional divorce, and they cost less money.
If you have filed for divorce, attorney John Anthony Ward can assist you through the legal proceedings that will follow. To discuss your options regarding your divorce settlement, contact us at your earliest convenience or call (262) 654-8868 to schedule a personal consultation with Mr. Ward.
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