KDKA reports on the benefits of collaborative divorce and the growing number of couples seeking divorce with dignity.
Sonni Abatta reports (excerpt):
It’s divorce without the judge.
The collaborative divorce takes that third party out of the process and keeps control strictly in the hands of the couple.
Many more divorcing couples are discovering this option as they look for peaceful and sometimes quicker ways to divorce.
“It’s basically self directed,” said collaborative lawyer Jackie Stevens. “The attorneys sit there as advisers. That’s their sole purpose.”
Tailoring their finances to their exact preferences is one benefit of going the collaborative way.
There are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering divorcing collaboratively:
1. If you can’t hash it out in collaboration, you’ll be sent back to court to litigate with a judge.
2. Hourly billing: It’s the same as if you were in court. But since you determine the pace of your case, theoretically, cost savings can be a reality.
3. The process works best for amicable couples.