Mediating Conflict,
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How does collaborative divorce work?

Divorce can be a challenging and emotional process, but couples have a unique option: collaborative divorce.

This approach prioritizes cooperation and communication to reach mutually beneficial agreements without going to court.

Teamwork from the start

In a collaborative divorce, each spouse works with a team of professionals, including financial advisors and facilitators. This team supports the couple in making decisions about property, finances and child custody. By working together, everyone contributes to finding solutions that meet the needs of both parties.

Open communication

One key aspect of collaborative divorce is open communication. The couple and their team meet face-to-face to discuss important matters. This direct dialogue fosters understanding and helps prevent misunderstandings that can arise in traditional divorce proceedings.

Focus on the future

Rather than dwelling on past conflicts, a collaborative divorce emphasizes planning for the future. The team helps the couple create a roadmap for their post-divorce lives, addressing issues such as parenting arrangements and financial stability. This forward-looking approach can ease the emotional strain associated with divorce.

Reduced stress and cost

Because collaborative divorce avoids court battles, it often results in less stress and lower costs. The focus on cooperation can lead to quicker resolutions, saving both time and money compared to traditional divorce proceedings.

Tailored solutions

Collaborative divorce recognizes that every couple is unique. The team works together to tailor solutions that fit the specific needs and circumstances of the individuals involved. This personalized approach can result in more satisfactory outcomes for both parties.

With a divorce rate of 2.9 divorces per 1,000 population in 2021, many couples in Washington know the right move is to move on. Although challenging, collaborative divorce offers couples a respectful and efficient way to navigate the process.