The decision to end a marriage is one of the most difficult and significant that an individual can make. This is especially true in cases where a couple has minor-aged children as providing for the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of children will continue to be a shared and central focus in both parents’ lives for years to come. The binding ties that children create with an ex-spouse are one reason a divorcing couple may elect to seek a collaborative divorce.
A divorce does not need to be rife with conflict and contempt. Chicago-area couples who no longer want to remain married, but want to find a way to continue to effectively co-parent can benefit from the collaborative divorce and alternative dispute resolution services provided by attorney Gabrielle S. Davis.
The traditional divorce process does not encourage divorcing spouses to discuss how to divide or treat previously shared assets, property and debts. Rather, these and other important matters that significantly impact the futures of both spouses are discussed and decided by people who have no real stake in their outcome. Through the collaborative process, control over the fate of these important matters is given back to the divorcing spouses.
Both spouses and their respective attorneys come together to discuss what should happen to a family home, shared assets and debt and marital property. Additionally, divorcing parents discuss issues related to child custody, child support and alimony. In many cases, the collaborative process is less costly and takes less time than a traditional divorce. Perhaps most importantly, divorced parents are in a better position to foster a new and mutually-respectful co-parenting relationship that will benefit shared children.