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How collaborative law can reduce the stress of divorce

One of the stereotypes of divorce is that the two spouses who are splitting hate each other with a passion. As a result, after the two file for divorce, they lawyer up and file every grievance and motion under the sun to try to "win" the divorce. Property division is a hassle, and child custody discussions can be even worse. While this is going on, the divorcing spouses are stressed out and upset, not just at each other but, usually, at the entire world too. It's just a difficult time. There's no other way to put it.

Now, does this mean people should avoid divorce at all costs? No. Does it mean this is the way it should be? Again, no. Sure, any divorce could end up a contentious mess -- but the reality is that most divorces are not like this.

Many couples are amicable enough that they can get through the split without much drama. There is even a divorce option that exemplifies this no-stress approach: collaborative law. This type of divorce is best described as mediation. The process encourages the splitting parties to communicate effectively with each other, fostering good-faith discussions that allow the spouses to settle the issues at hand and move on with their lives.

Collaborative divorce truly isn't for everyone, but it can be a great tool for some couples who want to avoid some of the stresses associated with divorce. It can free your mind at home and work, making the whole process less painful than many may make it seem.

Source: Nashville Business Journal, "The cost of divorce to employers," Rosemary Frank, March 10, 2014

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