Couples in Michigan deciding to get a divorce have several choices available to them. Among those options is a relatively new process designed to make the entire ordeal as painless as possible. This process is known as collaborative divorce.
First introduced in the 1980s, the concept of collaborative divorce is simple - both sides (using an independent attorney for each side) work together to resolve their differences in an amicable manner without going to court. Independent experts are also brought in to help mediate issues such as how to divide the couple's financial assets and child custody. The signed settlement agreement is then filed in court in Michigan.
There are many benefits for couples who decide to get a collaborative divorce. These include:
- Shorter waiting period - By law in Michigan, most couples have to wait 60 days for their divorce to be legally granted. However, in case of some collaborative divorces, the waiting period is sometimes waived and couples do not have to wait the full 60 days.
- Less expensive - In most cases, collaborative divorces often cost less than traditional divorces. That's because most couples don't need to hire as many people to help resolve their differences.
- More private - In a traditional divorce, anyone can obtain the details of your divorce from the court where you filed your divorce. If you choose to have a collaborative divorce, the details of your agreement will remain private.
- More control - Instead of a judge dictating what will happen to your financial assets or when or where you can see your children after your divorce, you can decide what arrangement works best for you and your soon-to-be former spouse.
How a Lawyer Can Help With Collaborative Divorce
Even though you will likely not have to deal much with judges or courts if you and your spouse end your marriage through the collaborative divorce process, it's critical that you have an experienced attorney on your side, looking out for your best interests.
In fact, it may even be more important than ever to have the right attorney working with you. That's because collaborative divorces can be very different than traditional divorces. And if you don't have an attorney familiar with how collaborative divorces work in Michigan, you could put yourself at a disadvantage in your negotiating proceedings.
Attorney Alyson Oliver and her fellow lawyers at the Oliver Law Group, P.C., have extensive experience working with couples going through the collaborative divorce process. As your attorney, we will keep you constantly informed throughout the proceedings. And we will do everything we can to keep the negotiations as fair and amicable as possible.