Is Collaborative Divorce an Option?
What Is Collaborative Divorce?
While there are some benefits to collaborative divorce, it has pitfalls. The collaborative process can break down. A collaborative divorce is not always the right option; if any part of the process fails, the parties are subject to greater expense. For example, one party may refuse to compromise or apologize, or one lawyer may not work out. If this happens, you must start the process over with new attorneys and new experts; restarting will cost twice as much and take twice as long. Where parental rights and children are involved, it can especially help you both to learn effective ways of communicating where disagreements arise regarding your children.
The Risks and Benefits of Collaborative Law
Using collaborative law for divorce, instead of going through litigation, can be useful if all parties agree on the issues. Like other methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), it can be less stressful for everyone, especially children. It can also help people learn to cooperate and communicate.
Before you choose any method of ADR, you should know your rights and understand the process. To discuss mediation or arbitration, or traditional methods of divorce in Washington, please call Anderson, Fields & McIlwain, Inc., P.S. at 206-905-4290 or toll-free 866-970-4558 or contact us online.