Does a divorce dispute always have to go to court?

Filing for divorce is an emotional process, but it is a legal one as well. This leaves plenty of room for dispute over things like business assets, retirement savings and more. It is understandable that some people in Illinois might feel compelled to “win” these disputes, but there may be a more appropriate option. Even when dealing with complex assets, a collaborative divorce can leave both parties feeling satisfied with the end result.

A collaborative divorce means that one is no longer working against a soon-to-be ex-spouse, but instead with him or her. The process is surprisingly straightforward, with both parties working together to agree on an acceptable divorce settlement. They are not alone in this, though. Both people generally seek help from attorneys who can keep their best interests in minds. Neutral, third parties will also help guide the divorcing couple from an objective standpoint.

There are many benefits to choosing a collaborative divorce over heading to court. Because there are fewer fees to consider or court schedules to follow, it is usually less expensive and time consuming than litigation. It also keeps the details of a divorce settlement out of the public record, which may be important to those with sensitive assets or problems.

It is easy to see why many confronting divorce proceedings in Illinois often feel as if their soon-to-be ex-spouses are adversaries. However, this is not necessarily a healthy mindset and can complicate the divorce process. So rather than drag a dispute to court, someone who is filing for divorce can speak with an experienced attorney about his or her options and whether collaborative divorce might be appropriate.

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