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What is involved in a collaborative divorce?

| Mar 1, 2021 | Divorce |

If you are ending your marriage in Illinois, you may want to consider a collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce can keep you out of litigation, and this means that you may spend less money and experience less stress throughout the process.


You do not have to agree with your spouse on everything to have a collaborative divorce as this process can involve mediation. In mediation, you may be able to resolve your differences with your spouse on such issues as property division and child custody. Unlike litigation, which is adversarial and often has a “winning” and “losing” side, the aim of mediation and collaborative divorce is to reach a solution that both people are happy with.

Resolving issues

There are several issues that may arise and be resolved in a collaborative divorce. Overall, it can allow you to experience a quicker divorce process by taking the most efficient legal steps. You can make temporary or permanent agreements as part of a collaborative divorce, and you can also agree on how you may resolve any issues that arise after the divorce. For instance, if you have minor children, you may agree that you will go back into mediation if you have a significant disagreement about co-parenting. A collaborative divorce may give you more control over what your final divorce agreement looks like than if you litigated.

Another potential advantage of a collaborative divorce is that it could lay the groundwork for a better relationship after the divorce. This can be particularly important if you have minor children. In fact, a specialist in child custody or a child therapist may be part of a collaborative divorce team along with other professionals, such as a financial advisor.