The threshold of divorce can confront a person with fear and reservation if they do not know which step to take first. With the many legal options a Massachusetts citizen can choose, deciding the best route to take your family down may not be an easy one. Some people believe that collaborative family law may be a legal option in an amicable divorce worth looking into.
Collaborative family law is a process entered into by divorcing parties who negotiate an amicable resolution between them in an attempt to avoid going to trial. Recent reports have highlighted this option as having a high success rate. This process allows Massachusetts spouses to work alongside professionals to create a more healthy separation, positively creating a binding agreement on property division and child custody arrangements. However it does not guarantee that additional litigation won’t be necessary, should arguments escalate.
Research shows that some divorcing couples decide to hire a forensic accountant to help with legal property division. Duties of this person can include analyzing the maintenance of lifestyle through spousal support, existing assets, business ventures and real estate the couple may share. With a joint decision to openly discuss and investigate financial successes and failures inside the marriage, reports reveal that rarely are decisions contested, because of the continuing desire to stay out of court.
Although many Massachusetts couples who make the decision to divorce may feel compelled to pursue a particular method of separation, an option worth considering in the divorce process may include collaboration. Spouses who are ensnared in a bitter divorce filled with strong emotions and many arguments may require stronger involvement and go to trial for child and property division. On the other side, a more cordial separation involving child custody and asset allotment could potentially be arranged through collaborative divorce.
Source: Huffington Post, The Best Way to Divorce?, Stann Givens, Sept. 25, 2013