Category: Collaborative Divorce

Divorce Q&A: When the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act Changed, Did Collaborative Divorce Change as Well?

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) was updated on January 1, 2016. With it came changes we’ve discussed in other articles on the blog – including child custody, spousal support calculations, and more. However, one area many don’t think to look for change is in the alternatives to traditional divorce. One of these areas is collaborative divorce.

But, what is collaborative divorce and how did it change? We’ll discuss these questions and others below.

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5 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Divorce

Litigation exacerbates the emotional and mental stress of a divorce. This leads many couples to consider alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as collaborative divorce.

Recently, collaborative divorce has continued to grow in popularity as a way to save money and expedite the divorce process. However, many individuals are still confused about the process and what it entails.

Below, we describe five of the most important traits you should know about collaborative divorce before you seriously consider the process for yourself.

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Divorce Mediation v. Collaborative Law: What’s the Difference?

There is no “right way” to end a marriage. The process can be painful and challenging both practically and emotionally. However, there are options you can pursue to lessen the blow.

Mediation and collaborative divorce are both great options when you’re looking to settle your case and avoid some of the animosity traditionally associated with divorce. The best part is that both options will also save you time and money.

Let’s examine both in greater detail to point out similarities and differences so you can make an informed decision of how to proceed with your Naperville divorce lawyer.

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Why You Should Consider a Collaborative Divorce

When you think of a divorce, a few common things likely to come to mind: Months or years of conflict, a significant amount of money spent, and a formal court setting that makes it difficult to resolve any issues. While all of this can be a reality for some couples, it doesn’t have to be the same for you.

Instead, you can consider a collaborative divorce.

The collaborative process is unknown to many but remains a great way to resolve conflict and come to an agreement regarding property and debt settlement, maintenance, child support, and all other issues without the need for extensive court time or litigation.

Does this sound appealing to you? Learn more about the entire process and how it works below!

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