The collaborative law approach to divorce can be particularly beneficial when a couple has children since the approach places a premium on long-term cooperation and respect. Collaborative law is an innovative alternative to traditional divorce proceedings that focuses on civility, privacy, and long-term cooperation in an effort to avoid adversarial divorce litigation and reach a mutually-agreeable settlement.

Once a couple agrees to use the collaborative law process, they contractually agree not to litigate in court. Instead, the parties agree to settle differences through cooperative negotiations, and not in the courtroom. If a satisfactory divorce settlement is not reached by the parties, both collaborative attorneys withdraw from the case and the divorce will proceed through the traditional divorce process with new lawyers. Couples often find the collaborative law process to be one of the most effective and amicable ways to resolve their divorce or family law issues.

Benefits of Collaborative Law Process When Children Are Involved

There are several benefits to the collaborative law approach in any divorce, but the benefits are numerous when children are involved. Some of the benefits of the collaborative law approach include:

  • Can eliminate any external emotional issues that might be affecting settlement negotiations.
  • The process can be more efficient and faster than the traditional divorce process.
  • Collaborative divorce promotes solutions, rather than creating additional obstacles.
  • The divorcing parents can create their own solutions, rather letting a lawyer or judge dictate the outcome.
  • The collaborative law process allows the parties to address a wider range of issues than are typically addressed in divorce court, including future parenting challenges.
  • Parents are able to learn the tools to communicate effectively and amicably so that the children can benefit from the positive co-parent relationship and are not caught in the middle of parenting fights.
  • The collaborative law approach stresses the importance of working through disagreements, which allows divorcing parents to settle their differences with cooperative negotiations, rather than adversarial proceedings, which will be helpful for future interactions.
  • Lawyers work together, rather than against each other, to help parents think through potential problems down the road, such as college expenses, visitation, holidays.

How the Collaborative Law Attorneys at Waltz, Palmer & Dawson Can Help

The Chicago collaborative law attorneys at Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC understand the importance of a respectful approach to divorce in order to facilitate long-term happiness for the entire family, including the children affected by the divorce. We have helped several divorcing parents obtain a divorce through the reasonable, respectful, and cooperative negotiations involved in collaborative law divorce.

Should you have any questions about Illinois collaborative law approach to divorce or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC at (847)253-8800 or contact us online.

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