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Could I benefit from a collaborative law divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a type of alternative dispute resolution that is becoming more and more popular among divorcing Illinois couples. The concept involves a specialized problem-solving approach. The collaborative process provides a forum for both sides of the divorce, along with the assistance of their collaborative law trained attorneys, to negotiate and resolve divorce-related disagreements in a peaceful fashion.

Most people decide to pull the trigger on the collaborative divorce process after hearing about its numerous benefits. For one, the collaborative process facilitates peaceful problem solving in a way that court hearings and other types of dispute resolution do not. Due to the peaceful nature of collaborative divorces, couples and their children and other family members often circumvent some of the more stressful and hateful feelings that divorcees are often met with in a traditional divorce.

In many cases, collaborative law divorces are also cheaper to finalize than other types of divorce. This is largely due to the speed and ease with which the collaborative law process can break through disagreements that might normally represent an unsurpassable obstacle in other types of proceedings. That said, parties should also be warned that collaborative law proceedings could result in a more expensive divorce if the process fails and the divorce must be finalized through litigation.

In order to complete the collaborative law process, a divorce attorney must go through a rigorous training process to get certified in collaborative law. Divorcing Illinois couples who want to try the collaborative law process in their divorce may want to ask their divorce attorney if he or she is certified in collaborative law and/or can recommend a family law attorney who is.

Source: FindLaw, "Collaborative divorce: Overview" accessed Jan. 16, 2015

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