As attorneys working in a potentially stressful area of law we do what we can to make the process easier for the spouses and the children. In many instances this can be done by empowering each party to the divorce so that they can better direct how the process should work itself out.
While there are circumstances where couples have little choice but to have their divorce proceedings heard in open court, there may be other options. Going to court can prove to be expensive and stressful. Unfortunately, it does not always guarantee a solution that either party will be satisfied with. This in turn can lead to parties not abiding by the terms of the divorce that the court had decided upon.
The intent of a collaborative divorce is for couples to work together to come to solution rather than leave the decision-making up to the courts. It can be extremely effective in its goals should the participants be motivated to engage in the process.