What are the benefits of a collaborative divorce?

If you and your spouse are contemplating a divorce in New Jersey, you may well have many concerns about the length of the process and the ultimate price tag associated with it. You are not alone. Many a couple before you has sought alternatives to long, drawn-out court battles that eat up large amounts of people’s asset portfolios. Collaborative divorce is one of these alternatives.

In the autumn of 2014, the New Jersey Family Collaborative Law Act was signed by the Governor. However, as the Daily Record reports, collaborative divorce is not really new in New Jersey as many people have utilized this approach for nearly 10 years. The goal of a collaborative divorce is to resolve the end of a marriage with minimal conflict and minimal cost while still ensuring a high quality of legal oversight. You and your spouse can rest assured that no major flaws exist in your final divorce decree like those that can arise from a do-it-yourself divorce. You can also move forward in life sooner.

If you have children, the advantages of a collaborative divorce extend to them as well. They benefit from the reduced tension between both parents. The process also sets up a better co-parenting relationship. If you choose to pursue a collaborative divorce, a divorce coach is hired to help everyone keep emotions in check and remain focused on making good decisions that meet the stated goals. The process is not about winning or making sure you get as much as you can.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about what collaborative divorce is and how it can work for New Jersey couples.