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Collaborative Divorce is a progressive, wholesome process where couples work together to craft a thoughtful plan for both people to thrive. In addition to working with collaboratively trained lawyers, couples may bring in other professionals including financial advisors, child therapists, or others. Instead of the old model, where each person "lawyers up" and seeks to get a leg up on the other, modern couples cooperate to put everything on the table and forge agreements. The collaborative team (the spouses and both lawyers) hold a series of 4-way meetings where the group develops a plan, assigns homework to each person, and sets a date for the next meeting.
Collaborative Divorce can help couples to avoid the costly process of old, where people pay one lawyer to drag information out of the person on the other side, while the other person pays their lawyer to withhold as much information as possible. By working together, couples can cut to the chase and keep costs down. But the most important part of the collaborative divorce is often the benefits for the family's children. Collaborative divorce will often involve a specific plan about how to tell the kids, for example. And by making agreements about how and when the kids should be involved in conversations about the divorce, not only can parents soften the blow and help minimize fallout for the children emotionally, they can also provide the best first-person example of how to be mature and productive in conflict. And by involving a child therapist when necessary, parents will stay ahead of the game if children develop issues, which sometimes can happen.
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