Divorce: Weighing Collaborative vs. Litigation

When considering whether to separate and divorce from a significant other, there are many considerations that come into play. The following chart provides an easy visual depiction of the differences between the traditional litigation (court) process and the collaborative divorce process:

Collaborative v. Litigation Chart

Collaborative process may be right for you if you are interested in engaging in a process that helps parties dissolve their relationship while maintaining their individual dignity and respect for one another.  Some of the core elements of the collaborative process include but are not limited to:

  • Negotiating a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues;
  • Maintaining open communication and information sharing;
  • Identifying and addressing interests and concerns of all parties;
  • Emphasizing the needs of children;
  • Encouraging mutual respect;and
  • Preparing individuals for new lives.

For more information on the collaborative process and whether it is a good fit for you and your family, please visit http://collaborativepracticedc.com. 

Source: International Academy of Collaborative Professionals