When not to choose a collaborative law divorce

We have all heard those frightening stories about the horrible things that can be said and done during a divorce. From back-stabbing and name-calling to all-out wars that seem to go on forever, it can make even the hardiest people run for cover. In an effort to side-step some of the horrors associated with a traditional divorce, more and more people are opting for collaborative or mediated divorces.

The benefits of choosing these options instead of litigation are many and include: lower costs, less conflict and speedier divorces. However, there are some situations for which a collaborative approach to divorce is not the ideal solution. If you are considering a divorce and wonder which option suits your needs, here are some scenarios that are typically not right for collaborative law.

Mistrust: If you are cautious about your spouse’s trustworthiness in disclosing debts and assets or communicating in general, litigation may be your best bet.

Disagreement: It takes commitment from both spouses for the collaborative approach to be successful. If one spouse remains resistant to the process, it could result in failure, meaning you would have to start all over again with a different option.

Abuse: In abusive relationships, or when domestic violence is an issue, collaborative divorce is likely the wrong choice. In some cases, your judge may even disallow the collaborative process.

Whether or not you decide collaborative law is the right choice, rest assured that you will still benefit from working with an attorney. The lawyer you choose will be able to assist you with a traditional divorce as well. Please continue exploring our website to learn more about your divorce options in Illinois.


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