Divorce is complicated. While there are intense emotions and major life changes involved, there are also a number of important matters to settle. During many divorces, couples must tackle issues of child support, child custody, alimony, the division of asses, and more. There are different ways to go about settling these matters, depending upon your unique situation. One popular method of divorce is collaborative divorce. Read on to learn more about the process of a collaborative divorce in New Jersey.
What is collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a process that occurs outside of the courtroom. Getting divorced outside of the court has a number of benefits. For example, much of the process is in your hands. As a result, things can take as much or as little time as you and your ex decide. Additionally, divorces that occur outside of the court often foster communication, as spouses must work together to find solutions to any outstanding matters. The process also tends to be more economical. Finally, it can be more private, seeing as matters that are resolved in court may become a matter of public record.
A collaborative divorce involves each member of the couple obtaining a divorce attorney. Then, the couple and their attorneys have a series of four-way meetings, where everyone works together to settle any outstanding matters. In some cases, experts may be brought in, including expert witnesses or forensic accountants.
While a collaborative divorce can be a great option, it is not for everyone. Some couples prefer the process of litigation. Like collaborative divorce, this process also takes place outside of the court. However, instead of attorneys, the couple is assisted by a neutral third party. This neutral third party helps the couple compromise and find solutions that work best for all parties.
If collaborative divorce nor mediation are right for you, there are still other paths to take. Another method that takes place outside the court is arbitration. Arbitration is similar to mediation in that it involves a neutral third party, but in this case, the third party acts as a judge and can make decisions on the couple’s behalf.
If you have any questions or concerns about various divorce methods in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options.
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