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Collaboration may benefit an uncontested divorce

People often hear about divorces when the issues become highly contentious and acrimonious. All throughout California readers of this San Francisco-based family law blog may have personal experience or know individuals who have had to fight to get what they wanted when their marriage came to its end. Contested divorces are challenging on everyone involved, including the parties to the proceedings and any children that they may share.

However, some divorces are considered uncontested because the parties to them agree that the divorces should happen and agree regarding the terms of their post-marital custodial and financial obligations. The parties have no remaining disputes over how their kids should be raised or where their kids should live, they have worked out matters regarding child and spousal support and have divided their property in a manner that is suitable to each.

In essence, an uncontested divorce has already started the collaborative divorce process because the parties have discussed important divorce-related matters that they would otherwise have to work out during collaborative sessions. Filing for divorce and then utilizing collaborative channels can be of great benefit to couples that are able to pursue uncontested divorces, as collaborative divorce proceedings will help them continue their respectful discourse as their marriages come to their ends.

Individuals who are caught in difficult arguments with their spouses over the terms of their divorces may find that collaborative law won't work for them. They may need the support of legal professionals and the intervention of the courts to provide them with the orders that will guide their post-divorce lives. Discussing one's divorce options with an attorney can be a good way to determine if collaborative law may work for their divorce.

Source: FindLaw, "Collaborative Divorce: Overview," accessed December 19. 2017

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