After your relationship has ended, the idea of ‘collaborating’ with your ex-partner can seem like the furthest thing from your mind. When we think about what happens after break ups or divorce we tend to think about the resulting landscape as a fierce battleground that forces us into an aggressive stance against the other party. However, is that really what’s going to get you the best outcome in terms of price, time and energy?
Collaborative Law is about trying to settle your matter outside of court with the benefit of seeking to maintain relationships as you move forward into post separation life.
Here are the top five reasons you should consider collaborating with your ex- partner instead of taking an adversarial approach.
- Not Threatened by Court Action – Collaborative Law is based on the idea that you are striving for a settlement. Both parties agree not to take the matter to court or to make threats about it. This agreement is normally outlined in a binding contract and can give you the peace of mind that all of the parties involved will make every effort to settle.
- Preserve Relationships – Collaborative lawyers (like Sarah) are specially trained in this model of dispute resolution. This means that they possess specific skills and techniques that can help you deal with your matter in a respectful and dignified way which can help maintain relationships into the future. This can make co-parenting much less stressful and more amicable when making joint decisions about your child in the future. It can also help make the entire process less hostile.
- Tailor Made Process – As opposed to the court process, Collaborative Law offers you the opportunity to have a tailor made approach to your matter. This means that you can have access to other professionals as part of a team that is working towards the resolution of your legal issues. This might include financial advisers, counselor, and other experts.
- Control over your Issues – Collaborative Law processes put you in greater control of your outcomes because you actively work to come to agreements with your ex-partner based on your goals. Through mediation and discussions you can come to a resolution about what’s important to you, rather than putting that in the hands of the court.
- Cheaper and Quicker – For a variety of reasons, taking your matter through the court system can take a long time and can also be expensive depending on what particular issues pertain to your matter. Collaborative legal approaches could save you a lot of hassle!
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