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A family law attorney can assist with a collaborative divorce

Going through a traditional divorce is not for everyone. There are numerous couples in Ohio who are ready to dissolve their marriages but want a better way to get it done. State laws allow a collaborative divorce option as an alternative to the traditional process. This is something with which a family law attorney can assist.

How is a collaborative divorce different? With the traditional divorce process, there is a possibility that one's case will end up in court. This means that a judge may get the final say in how things are laid out in the dissolution agreement. In a collaborative divorce, each party agrees to come to settlement terms through negotiation in order to avoid going to court. Negotiations are completed with the assistance of legal counsel.

Why consider a collaborative divorce? There are a lot of benefits of going through the collaborative divorce process. It can:

  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Be done in an informal setting
  • Keep the court out of it

For divorcing couples in Ohio who want to negotiate rather than litigate, collaborative divorce may be a good option. This process will require that each party be ready and willing to openly and honestly communicate and share information. This can still be a difficult process and, at times, may get heated, but with the assistance of a family law attorney one will be able to get through it and come out with a divorce agreement that he or she feels is fair and best serves his or her interests.

Source: FindLaw, "How Collaborative Divorce Works: FAQs", Accessed on April 9, 2017

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