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August 2014 Archives

Helping couples find happiness and peace through collaborative divorce

While some marriages and subsequent divorces are wrought with conflict and animosity, many marriages fail because spouses simply grow apart or realize they no longer share common life goals. For couples who desire a divorce, but wish to avoid litigation and retain more control over decisions related to the division of marital assets and child custody, a collaborative divorce may be a good option.

What is a collaborative divorce?

We've all seen the movies or heard stories of conflict-ridden divorces where former spouses duke it out in court. Even in cases where a couple's decision to divorce was mutual and a split amicable, things can quickly become contentious when the divorce process ensues. So is every unhappy husband and wife who wants out of a marriage destined to suffer the adverse emotional, psychological and financial effects of a horrible divorce? The answer, thankfully, is no.

Divorce process must start with a difficult conversation

When a couple falls in love and decides to marry, it's likely hard to imagine that those feelings could ever change or diminish in any way. However, as the months and years progress and life experiences and changes occur, the relationship between spouses must also adjust and change accordingly. Children, a job loss, financial problems, death of a family member or friend or a move to another city or state are just some of the many life changes that are sure to have an impact on a relationship and marriage.

Children must always remain priority in divorce

From birth, children rely upon their parents for nearly everything. From making a bottle to quiet a hungry baby to helping with algebra homework, a parent's job is to love, nourish and teach a child. As any parent can attest, at times, being a parent can be extremely difficult. This is especially the case for parents who are faced with the emotional, mental and financial challenges that frequently accompany divorce.

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