Divorce is never easy. In fact, you will have a difficult time finding an individual who considers the divorce process a positive, no matter what they thought of their former spouse. In courtrooms across the State of North Carolina, divorce issues like the division of property, payment of alimony, and the custody of children are decided through the adversarial process, pitting one spouse against the other. The traditional adversarial process has been around for as long as the divorce process, but an alternative way of handling your divorce is now available. That alternative is collaborative law.
In a collaborative divorce, each spouse has an attorney that is knowledgeable in the legal aspects of the case, much like in the majority of traditional divorces. However, unlike in a traditional divorce, each attorney works together with the spouses to provide direct, open, and honest communication about the best possible resolution for all parties. To make this arrangement work, an agreement is signed at the start of the collaborative process, stating the intention to resolve all matters without going to trial. If either spouse chooses to go to court, each attorney must withdraw from further representation. In addition to being low on conflict, the collaborative process can also save money. A lot of the expense in litigation comes from the preparation and drafting of specialized documents, filed with the court. These documents take time, and ultimately money, to draft. In collaborative law, the attorney is not forced to draft these specialized documents for the court, saving both time and money.
Collaborative law is not for everyone. If you have been in an abusive relationship or cannot be honest and open with your ex, then the collaborative law process may not be for you. With that in mind, if you think the collaborative process may be appropriate for you, collaborative law may lead you down the path to a future relationship that is healthy and beneficial for the entire family, without the hard feelings that can be associated with the traditional courtroom process. Either way, King Law is available to assist you in your divorce. If you are interested in a less hostile divorce, call (828)652-3334 now to setup an appointment with an attorney that is trained in the collaborative law process.