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Divorce proceedings, part 3: Consider collaborative methods

How long will it take to complete the divorce proceedings? This common question is hard to answer. As is often the case in the law, it really depends on your situation. If hurt and anger impede communication, you could be on a long road forward.

In this third installment of our divorce series, we review collaborative methods for resolving issues prior to trial. There will be some bumps and bruises along the way, but the process is not over until you say it is. Do the following to smooth the process.

Disclose all of your assets

If you are thinking you can safeguard some assets by hiding them, think again.

Not only is hiding assets illegal, who will believe anything else you say if (or when) your secrets are revealed? The potential penalties far outweigh the perceived benefits.

Consider alternative dispute resolution

The collaborative law process may be appropriate if you wish to maintain privacy and preserve family ties during your divorce. Not only does the collaborative divorce process put you in the driver's seat, it can help you attain long-term success.

Even when a trial is necessary, collaborative law can play a valuable role. For instance, if you can reach agreement on some issues through mediation, there are fewer matters that remain for a judge to decide.

Let your attorney guide you

It is very easy for depression, anger, apathy or other emotions to affect your decisions. Your lawyer can help you see clearly, educating you about your options and guiding you to the best decisions for your unique circumstances.

As with all aspects of any lawsuit, the right lawyer can smooth the way for you and those you love.

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