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A divorce is one of the most distressing experiences a person can endure. This is particularly true if the divorcing couple cannot get along while trying to resolve major aspects of the divorce proceeding, such as the split of assets or the awarding of alimony or child support in California. An article presents the idea of collaborative divorce and explains why this approach to divorce can help couples to end up more satisfied financially even in the midst of the heartache that a divorce can cause.

Even small things such as who will be able to get the kids for Thanksgiving can be a sticking point during a divorce proceeding. However, collaborative divorce allows issues both large and small to be resolved without the need to take the issue to court. In order for a divorce to be successful in this situation, both parties have to be willing to cooperate.

During the collaborative process, both parties need to will honest and share information. Collaboration can help a couple to determine how to handle custody arrangements as well as assets. The benefit of going through this process during a divorce proceeding is that the couple are more likely to get along after the divorce.

Approaching a divorce proceeding from a collaborative perspective allows both parties to feel as though they have more control over their situation. They can improve their chances of experiencing an outcome that is favorable to each of them, as a judge does not have to make important financial decisions for them. Each spouse has the right to pursue his or her own desires while still considering the other party's wishes so that a mutually agreed-to resolution can be reached on important areas of a divorce proceeding in California. This may be a good choice for many couples in our state who feel that they do not wish to litigate their divorces.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Collaborative divorce avoids going to court to settle differences, Kim Lyons, Oct. 7, 2013

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