With the economy still on a rocky road to recovery, many couples are choosing less contentious routes to divorce. Collaborative law can be less expensive and a more amicable way to divorce. Especially for the baby boom population that has doubled in divorce rates, collaborative law can be the best way to dissolve a marriage. Baby boomers have kids out of the house and some find that the marriage only lasted because of the kids.
Dividing the assets becomes a conversation between the couple, and is given the approval with a divorce attorney’s input versus in a courtroom with a judge deciding each individual’s share. “Divorce will always be a tough, emotional journey, but now people are being more practical and pragmatic about how to bring resolution,” said Karen Stewart, a divorce and relationship expert. “Boomers are looking for alternatives to the standard ‘hire two lawyers to fight it out’; people recognize the need to bring the marriage to an end in a less destructive way.”
When both adults can see the divorce akin to the end to a business relationship, they can remove the spite and stress that often leads people to court. Couples can expedite the divorce process with collaborative law and lessen a lot of the stress. When couples can focus on divorce in a business-like fashion they can remove themselves emotionally. Every divorce lawyer has a story about a client that fought for weeks over some prized possession that had no economic value and delayed divorce proceedings.
“Women tend to be completely paranoid about being left to starve and become bag ladies,” said Stewart. “Men are typically worried about being taken to the cleaners. Our job is to come up with a solution that is going to make both individuals leave feeling comfortable and secure.”
And that’s the essence of collaborative law. When a couple can sit down and divide property, assets, and mutually determine what is best for their children in custody and child support matters, each adult can be better off financially and emotionally.
The Maggio Law Firm has many years of experience in divorce and collaborative law. Irvine divorce attorney Gerald Maggio is known for his legal expertise and helping clients with all the difficult issues that are raised in a divorce. Maggio is active in the Orange County Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Riverside County Bar Association, the Orange County Barristers, and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
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