The days of all out battle and expensive divorce are rapidly drawing to a conclusion. While there still may be those situations that require a Judge to resolve the issues related to the termination of a marriage and make decisions that govern the rest of the spouses’ lives, most Hilliard and Columbus area residents can seek better options. What alternatives really exist? Two options are either a “dissolution” or “collaborative divorce.” In order to qualify for a dissolution, both parties wishing to end their marriage must be in complete agreement on literally every detail contained within the separation agreement. What happens when the divorcing couple simply can’t agree on an issue of child custody or support, or other matters?
The collaborative divorce process provides protocols that govern not only the parties, but the attorneys who represent them. All four parties (the couple and their respective counsel) sign an agreement that provides specific guidelines on how the process will work and requiring all involved to work cooperatively and cost-effectively toward the goal of a dignified divorce. Many parties in the midst of divorce have trouble seeing the road ahead. They may not realize the extent that they will need to work together after the marriage – especially when children are involved. The Collaborative family law process provides tools, training and methods that are designed to help each party to learn to work constructively together to find common ground in areas of principled disagreement. This may one of the fastest and a less expensive option for those who wish to divorce, but still have areas of disagreement surrounding the details of the divorce process.