Collaborative or Traditional Divorce - A Comparison - Tessmer Law Firm
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Collaborative or Traditional Divorce – A Comparison


Collaborative or traditional divorce – how do you know which is right for you?


Divorce comes with a big price tag, financially and emotionally. For couples willing to cooperate with each other, a collaborative divorce may an option.


Here are some direct comparisons between collaborative and traditional divorce to help you decide which is best.


·        A collaborative divorce begins with the couple signing an agreement that they will cooperate, be open and honest and work together to resolve their issues.


·        A traditional divorce begins with the filing of a lawsuit – one spouse against the other. The responding spouse will be served (or sign a waiver of service) and must file an answer within a certain time limit.


·        A collaborative divorce is usually private. Your personal and financial information is protected.


·        A traditional divorce is a matter of public record. The courts are required to conduct public hearings in open court.
·        In a collaborative divorce, the parties agree to provide financial records and fairly divide their marital assets and debts.


·        In a traditional divorce, “discovery” is conducted, where each party must produce financial records including bank statements, pay stubs, tax returns, etc. The parties must answer questions under oath through written interrogatories or by deposition.


·        A collaborative divorce allows you to create a co-parenting plan that works for you and your children.


·        A traditional divorce gives a judge the power to decide where your child lives and when visitation will occur.


·        Collaborative divorce sets the stage for a cooperative, amicable co-parenting relationship.


·        Traditional divorce pits one parent against the other and can lead to resentment and anger.


·        In a collaborative divorce, you decide how quickly or slowly you want to move through the process.


·        In a traditional divorce, you must meet the deadlines required by the court and deal with their time-table.


Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC handles both traditional and collaborative divorce. Call us today at 210-368-9708 to schedule your confidential consultation and find out which is best for you and your situation.