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Collaborative divorce isn't just for amicable couples

The word divorce is generally brings up visions of long, drawn-out court battles, arguments over who gets the vacation pictures and children used as pawns against each parent. It doesn't have to be this way, though. Collaborative divorce is becoming more and more popular as many people seek a calmer, fairer and faster means of getting a divorce decree and getting on with their lives.

In a collaborative divorce, both parties have their own attorneys. Everyone involved agrees to work together, which combines the strength of mediation with legal representation.

The Pennsylvania Uniform Collaborative Law Act was approved by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Family Law Section in January of this year. In June of this year, the Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates and the full board approved a resolution in which they supported the UCLA.

One way that collaborative divorce ensures that each party's attorney is committed to the process, if a case isn't settled, then the attorney cannot represent the client any further. Some cases in which collaborative divorce may be successful include:

-- The soon-to-be exes still respect each other, but don't want to be married.

-- The couple has a special needs child. The complex demands of caring for a special needs child can be handled at every aspect.

-- A business is owned by the couple. Negotiating a private settlement can ensure clients or investors aren't panicked.

This isn't just a divorce process for couples that still get along. It forces each party to behave civilly and to communicate with each other. The couple sets the pace for the dissolution. While one person said that it was "divorce for grown-ups" and other said that she "talked more to my husband in the first session than I did in the last three years of marriage."

If you would like to learn more about collaborative divorce, you can speak to an attorney who is experienced in the process. He or she can help you determine if this is the right step for you.

Source:, "'Collaborative divorce' can save time and money," Debra Denison Cantor and Ann V. Levin, accessed Dec. 22, 2015

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