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What is a collaborative divorce?

When people get married in Minnesota, very few do so with the intention of getting divorced later on down the road. As ugly and contentious as divorces can get, if you and your partner’s situation is still quite amicable, then you may want to consider getting a collaborative divorce.

Collaborative divorces offer former partners a way to end their unions without getting the courts involved. This can shorten the amount of time they need to finalize things significantly. However, collaborative divorces are not for everyone. Couples who have a lot of assets, trouble dividing their property up and children may want to consider other divorce options. This type of divorce requires spouses to disclose everything voluntarily. This can prove problematic for spouses who do not want their partners to know about assets they may be hiding or if there is a history of violence or abuse, states Forbes.

When children are involved, parents who want to minimize the effects of the situation may be able to do so by divorcing collaboratively. Many people assume that collaborative divorces are easy to go through. It takes a lot of work for former spouses to stay on the same page without allowing any negative feelings to enter the scene. According to US News, in order to keep things peaceful and productive, divorcing couples often to seek out professional help from mediators, therapists and other professionals. Everything is decided between both parties before the divorce is finalized.

 A collaborative divorce is not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are other factors that may require former partners to end their relationships another way. Careful consideration is necessary to determine what the best method for divorce is for your situation.

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