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Does collaboration set you up for failure?

The idea of a collaborative divorce may sound like a peaceful alternative to its otherwise messy counterpart. However, before signing up for a collaborative approach to your divorce, it is important to understand that for some, the idea of a peaceful dissolution of marriage may be attractive only in theory.

The collaborative approach to family law issues was, a short time ago, considered new age and unusual. Fortunately, it is now an area of law all its own. The collaborative approach to divorce has been a breath of fresh air for divorce attorneys and family courts alike. Through this process, divorcing spouses can work together toward problem resolution and may even find the cooperation needed to draft an effective parenting plan or a fair settlement agreement. 

While the idea of sitting down with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and peacefully arranging the facets of your divorce may be attractive in theory, its desirability may end there. For many divorcing spouses, this collaborative approach does not work. Whether it is because of an inability to communicate, overwhelming frustration or intense hurt feelings, some divorcing spouses simply cannot work with each other collaboratively.

When divorcing spouses find themselves struggling through the collaborative process, it may be time to speak to an attorney about other possible approaches to divorce. Although collaborative divorce attorneys are made to withdraw their representation when the process does not work, they are trained to identify the symptoms of a failed collaborative process. For spouses that have tried this approach and not had a successful outcome, there are other options available. Working with an attorney trained in the collaborative approach can help give you the chance to explore more peaceful alternatives while keeping other possibilities within reach.

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