Divorce is unique, just as the relationship between two married spouses is unique. Options for divorce are not one-size-fits-all. Some couples can work together to reach mutually agreeable terms for their divorce without the assistance of a judge or a mediator. In contrast, others have a bitter dispute over nearly everything. Most couples land somewhere in between these two extremes. When pressing issues cannot be resolved between the couple and their attorneys, a divorce can take even longer and be all the more stressful. Some of these issues are the division of assets, child support, alimony, and child custody.
Despite popular belief, when couples cannot agree, they may not have to go to court to have their divorce determined by a judge. Instead, they can elect to have a collaborative divorce while still having the legal representation of a Maine family law attorney.
Couples who want to pursue a collaborative divorce need to have the mindset that they are troubleshooting to solve a problem. In a collaborative divorce, the focus is not on fighting and arguing. Couples should not view the outcome of divorce as winning or losing, but as reaching a resolution that works for everyone.
In a collaborative divorce, two spouses and their respective attorneys legally agree to keep the case out of court. Your Maine family attorney is still there to help you understand your rights, and you will want to ensure that your attorney is supportive of and experienced in collaborative divorces. In fact, if the collaborative process is not successful, your attorney will need to withdraw, and you and your spouse will need to start from scratch with new representation and litigation. This is a costly consequence meant to encourage resolution whenever possible.
Through a collaborative divorce, you can come to agreements on several challenging issues such as:
Once you and your spouse have agreed on these issues and any others, your attorney can file your agreement in court. As an uncontested filing, it is usually a simple process.
A collaborative divorce will require an investment of time and emotions. However, this way of settling a divorce is often the best for many couples. There are multiple benefits to a collaborative divorce, such as:
At the Maine Divorce Group, we provide personalized attention to every client that walks through our doors. We pride ourselves in the genuine care and concern we have for our family law clients. With offices in both Biddeford and Portland, our clients don’t travel far to receive the legal help they deserve. We can handle any issue regarding divorce, such as child custody, paternity, modification, and fathers’ rights.
No matter where you are in the divorce process, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a Maine collaborative divorce lawyer.
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