Divorce can be a stressful and lengthy process, no matter what kind of divorce you go through. Choosing the right type for you will depend heavily on your current relationship with your spouse.
Understanding two of the most common types of divorce will ultimately help you decide what method will suit you best. Once you know more, it is easier to move forward with the divorce process.
Some people see traditional divorce as a “me first” method. You and your spouse must each hire a lawyer. You both undergo the discovery process, which is a series of interrogations. You must answer questions under oath, provide specified documents and collect professionals and other witnesses to provide evidence for your side of the case.
Once the discovery process is over, you, your spouse and your respective lawyers will present your case in court. During this proceeding, you are trying to convince the judge to grant you what you want.
Collaborative divorce is very different from the traditional method. If you and your spouse are on amicable terms and want what’s best for the both of you, collaborative divorce is a smart way forward. You will both select your own lawyer, trained in collaborative law. You all agree to civilly work toward a common settlement goal.
This cooperative effort avoids the court system altogether. Many couples feel collaborative divorce offers them more freedom and flexibility to come to their own terms. They are not relying on a judge to decide for them. You can find more information on collaborative divorce on our webpage.