Collaborative law is a relatively new process that is now utilized in select divorce cases. The collaborative law process encourages spouses to find cooperative resolutions to disputed matters before the intervention of courts. This new process has advantages and disadvantages that should be fully explored by individuals seeking a divorce.
On the plus side:
- A collaborative law divorce may be right for you and your spouse if you are seeking an amicable divorce and feel you are able to resolve any disputed matters cooperatively with the assistance of legal counsel.
- A collaborative law divorce may enable you to minimize the emotional and financial costs of your divorce and help you avoid protracted litigation.
Of course, a collaborative law divorce is not the right solution for all couples:
- If you and your spouse have a history of domestic violence, often find it difficult to communicate and resolve disputes, or otherwise lack the trust or cooperative spirit to resolve disputes without the intervention of a court, a collaborative law divorce may not be right for you.
- Both parties must have the available resources to retain legal counsel and see the case to its conclusion through the collaborative process. If either party abuses the process, significant challenges may arise.
- If the parties are not able to resolve their disputes through the collaborative process, they may have to essentially start from scratch, either with new counsel or on their own if they no longer have the resources to obtain new counsel.
Contact a Nashville Divorce Lawyer
To learn more about the potential advantages and disadvantages of a collaborative law divorce, contact Nashville divorce attorneys Jeffrey L. Levy and Mary Langford at 615-866-0235 or contact us by e-mail. We are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee.