On behalf of Cooper & Tanis, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, January 9, 2017.
For many Colorado couples, the divorce process can be difficult. If the former couple cannot get along, their separation may involve multiple lawyers and major costs. However, some spouses are able to manage a relatively straightforward divorce with little disagreement. If this is the case, a collaborative divorce may be the way to go.
During a collaborative divorce, former couples will use mediation and negotiations to come to an agreement. Collaborative divorces only work if both participants are willing to work together. However, if former couples can put aside their differences, there are many benefits to such a process. Not only does this method save money, but it also occurs outside of the court room, saves time and allows both individuals to have a say in how post-settlement disputes should be handled. This can be very helpful for child custody and child support matters.
The collaborative divorce procedure is very similar to the regular divorce process. Both parties still hire their own attorneys. In addition, both parties and their attorneys will all meet together to hash out agreements. In some cases, a licensed mediator may help if an agreement cannot be reached. Once an agreement is reached, the divorce papers and settlement agreement is filed.
Even if both parties are able to negotiate, the divorce process can still be difficult. A family law attorney may valuate the former couples’ marital assets and support a client during the actual negotiation process. If a settlement cannot be reached in a collaborative divorce, the attorney may provide other options so that the separation can be finalized as quickly as possible.