In any divorce, Cincinnati residents know that there are a number of factors and emotions that can be at play. These factors and emotions can come together to create an amicable split, or they can degenerate into a bitter and drawn-out battle that leaves both spouses stressed and angry. Regardless, most situations, whether bitter or cooperative, can benefit from a collaborative divorce.

In a collaborative divorce, couples work together to come to an agreement on things like spousal support, child custody and property division--without the need of a courtroom or judge. This does not necessarily mean that both parties are friends again, though this can be the case. A collaborative divorce means that each spouse is willing to set differences aside in order to cooperate and end their marriage fairly and equally, and with as little stress as possible.

The benefits of such a divorce are easy to see. For couples with children, it is important for parents to maintain a peaceful relationship--especially when parents intend to share custody. A collaborative divorce may be the first step in creating this peaceful relationship. For others, a collaborative divorce can simply be a way to be in control of their divorce, the decisions of their settlement and all that comes with it.

No Cincinnati couple wants to spend their time locked in bitter courtroom debates. Lengthy litigation can stress emotions even more than they already are in a time of divorce, and can even affect children when parents are constantly arguing. For many couples, a collaborative divorce does away with much of this drama and allows each spouse to move on to their new individual lives more quickly and with diminished anguish.

Source: Forbes, "A Diplomatic Divorce is the Only Way to Go," Alan Dunn, June 28, 2012