Many divorces in New York are rife with disagreement and complexities. This is especially true for couples with relatively high incomes and assets who are thinking about how they will move forward after the divorce is complete. For couples who are amicable enough, collaborative divorce might be an alternative worth exploring.

This approach comes with many potential benefits

While collaborative divorce requires flexibility and a willingness to accommodate the other party, many couples find that their differences are not significant enough to warrant going to court. In these instances, a collaborative divorce can be an effective solution to avoid the time-consuming nature of a court case.

A collaborative divorce can be less expensive than a contentious divorce that goes to court. If the collaborative process is successful, there will likely be less rancor, fewer hard feelings or lasting challenges. This can be especially useful if there are children involved.

There need not be endless disputes over the exchange of information, as is often the case when a couple goes to court. With collaborative divorce, it is done voluntarily. Both parties can discuss what they are seeking as part of the settlement and work together to create an agreement that meets their satisfaction. Post-divorce concerns can be addressed, so there is no confusion as to what will happen once the process is complete.

Working with a lawyer is still key

Considering a collaborative divorce rather than a traditional divorce does not mean that legal help is unnecessary. Although a collaborative divorce may be less acrimonious, issues will inevitably arise that require advice and legal help. An experienced and caring attorney can protect a person’s interests in a collaborative divorce and help if an agreement cannot be reached and the case needs to go to court.