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Collaborative divorce: easing tensions over child custody

The tension of determining child custody can make the divorce process complicated and difficult for all parties. While this is not possible for every situation, Missouri couples may find that collaborative divorce can be a beneficial way to come to amicable solutions. Collaborative divorce can also be a method by which couples determine child custody agreements and more.

Collaborative divorce is a divorce in which a couple benefits from the services of several parties. This can include attorneys, financial advisors, divorce coaches and child specialists. This team offers practical and emotional support during a difficult time, helping a couple make the most beneficial decisions after careful consideration.

In this type of divorce, a couple must be willing to work together so that all parties have the same information. Also, every member of this team should understand his or her role during the divorce, and it can be useful to outline goals and plans in writing. The ultimate goal of collaborative divorce is to come to a good agreement, but a couple can decide together to take their case to court if an agreement cannot be reached.

A child custody agreement can be reached by implementing advice and input from the neutral parties that are working with the parents. They can also assist with determining financial distribution and property division. The benefits of collaborative divorce include coming to a final divorce agreement that is best for everyone. However, Missouri couples should note that this may not be the optimal choice for everyone. Each divorce is different, and the best approach can be identified by evaluating the unique situation.

Source: Think Advisor, "Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution", Olivia Mellan and Sherry Christie, Aug. 25, 2014

Source: Think Advisor, "Collaborative Divorce: A Win-Win Dissolution", Olivia Mellan and Sherry Christie, Aug. 25, 2014

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