Collaborative divorce is the new kinder and gentler way to get divorced in New Jersey. It is a dispute resolution process that employs a team approach to guide spouses toward settling their divorce issues related to parenting time, custody, alimony and child support, and division of debt and assets.
Collaborative divorce is less of a hassle, less costly, and a faster option than traditional divorce involving the court system. Couples who are looking for an easy and kind way of ending their marriage can opt for a collaborative divorce. If, however, one of the spouses harbors deep resentment or wants to dominate the other in the divorce process, collaborative divorce would not be the right choice.
Consider the following factors when deciding if collaborative divorce would work for you-
- Your spouse’s demeanor– If there is fear in your mind with respect to your ex-spouse, it may be because he/she didn’t treat you well. If your spouse was high-tempered, or even abusive, a collaborative divorce is definitely not suitable for you.
- Mutual trust – If you believe there is enough trust between you and your spouse and a shared goal for reaching a successful outcome together, you may consider collaborative divorce. Mutual understanding and trust are critical components of any collaborative divorce.
- Care for common interests – If you and your spouse care more about your common interests than your own individual needs, you may be a good fit for collaborative divorce. It is important in a collaborative divorce to commit to a greater good rather than vying for one’s own motives.
- Relationship after divorce – If it is important for both spouses to maintain an effective and respectful relationship after divorce, and if both are willing to work towards it, collaborative divorce may be considered.
- Far-sightedness – If both spouses are ready to compromise on petty issues for the greater good, willing to focus on the real problems, and committed to a peaceful resolution, collaborative divorce is a valid way to go. If both of you are looking for a smooth way of dissolving your marriage, you may consider collaborative divorce.
- Walking in their shoes – If both partners are ready and willing to consider each other’s points of view while making crucial decisions, a collaborative divorce is likely to yield a positive outcome.
Couples can stay out of court and minimize their expenses by choosing a collaborative divorce process. The collaborative law process is also easier on children and allows for more creative approaches in deciding alimony and child custody.
The attorneys at Salvaggio Law Group practice New Jersey family law exclusively. The firm’s experienced attorneys can advise you on all of your divorce options and help you choose one that works the best for you.
Call Salvaggio Law Group at (973) 455-1220 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.