Most litigated divorces settle figuratively, if not literally, “on the courthouse steps,” under conditions of considerable tension and anxiety. By that time, each spouse has spent a large amount of money on a process that causes a significant emotional damage. Often, such a “settlement” leads to resentment of its terms and demands, and towards all participants in the litigation process.
Collaborative settlement negotiations are quicker, more creative, enduring and individualized, far less stressful, and more satisfying than what occurs in litigation. Clients’ experiences in the Collaborative Process are worlds away from the experiences of their friends and acquaintances who have taken their divorces to the courts.