When approaching divorce, New York couples may be looking for ways to decrease expenses and avoid litigation. It is always a complex process when two people separate their lives and finances, but there may be ways to make this process easier on all parties. Collaborative divorce is an option for couples who are willing and able to work together to resolve certain issues, thereby avoiding court. 

There are certain issues that must be resolved at the time of divorce. These include child custody, child support, alimony and the division of assets. Some couples can work together with the help of their legal teams to determine custody arrangements and financial details. When there are disagreements about certain issues, a mediator can be used to resolve these issues practically and beneficially. 

If you are considering a collaborative divorce, it is important to speak with an attorney who has experience in collaborative law. A legal representative can guide a New York couple through the entire collaborative process, avoiding a stressful court battle and litigation. Eventually, all agreements will be presented to a family court for approval, after which the divorce process will proceed to finalization. A collaborative divorce does not require presentation of evidence, disclosure of assets or other complicated legal processes. 

A collaborative divorce may not work for every couple, but it does work for many. This process may reduce conflict, allow an individual more control over the final settlement and shorten the divorce process, reducing overall costs. Find out more about this option in the context of your individual situation during a case evaluation. 

Source: about.com, “What Is Collaborative Divorce?“, Cathy Meyer, Accessed on March 2, 2015