Parties who are considering divorce in New Hampshire should be aware of all of their options. Most divorces are settled through litigation, but there are also many other options that allow parties to save time, money and stress. One of these options is called Collaborative Divorce. Collaborative Divorce involves parties and their attorneys sitting down to work out the issues of their divorce rather than resorting to a court battle. In addition to this, there are many benefits to choosing Collaborative Divorce, including the following:
Less-Expensive – Litigation is generally the most expensive divorce option because it requires both parties to hire attorneys who must work with them during negotiations as well as prepare the case in the event that it goes to court. Though both parties also must hire attorneys for a collaborative divorce, the process often does not take as long as litigation and does not require the attorneys to perform additional hours of work.
Faster – Litigation can be time-consuming and parties are subject to busy court schedules. Collaborative divorce takes place on participants' own timetable and the faster they are able to work through their issues, the faster the process is completed.
Greater Control – When parties resort to litigation, it may be left up to the Court to make a ruling on matters that cannot be solved during negotiations. In this situation, the ruling is final and decisions are made by someone who does not know the family or what is best for them. In a collaborative divorce, however, parties work to reach amicable solutions to divorce settlement conflicts. Depending on their situation, parties can be as creative as they like in order to make sure that everyone is happy with the results.
Fair – In a Collaborative Divorce, decisions regarding terms of the divorce are only finalized when both parties agree to them. In litigation, a ruling made by the Court is final regardless of whether or not parties find the ruling fair.
Less Stress – Litigation forces parties to be combative. Each party can feel as though they are fighting against each other to get the results that they want. In collaborative divorce, all parties work together to find solutions that everyone is happy with. After beginning of the process, parties even sign an agreement that they will avoid litigation and their attorneys must resign from representing them if the collaborative process fails.
Good for Children – The Collaborative Divorce process allows parents to amicably decide on a parenting plan that works for their particular situation. Children benefit from this because, not only are parents able to determine what is in the best interest of their child through the collaborative process, the situation fosters a better relationship post-divorce for the parents then is normally produced by the litigation process.
If you are contemplating divorce in New Hampshire, take a moment to learn more about Collaborative Divorce. It is a relatively new type of divorce that has many benefits over the litigation. For more information, call Russman Law and speak to an experienced New Hampshire Collaborative Divorce attorney.