Collaborative Divorce in NC

Written by Jonathan Breeden

November 14, 2018

For couples in North Carolina who wish to work together on their divorce decree, collaborative divorce may be an option. Collaborative divorce allows a husband, wife, and their respective lawyers to gather together and dictate the terms of their situation so that they may reach a solution with which both parties can be happy.

If you and your spouse want to pursue a peaceful, cooperative divorce, you may want to speak to a North Carolina divorce lawyer. At Breeden Law Office, attorney Jonathan Breeden can help you make important decisions while maintaining a respectful collaboration. To schedule an initial case consultation, contact us today at (919) 661-4970.

Why Choose Collaborative Divorce?

Deciding to divorce is not easy, and many couples are especially intimidated by the idea of a judge who doesn’t know them making important decisions about their family. Many couples would rather have their own say, which is why they decide to work together through collaborative divorce.

Collaborative divorce allows couples to:

  • Come to an agreement on terms such as child support, custody, asset division
  • Speak openly without fear of retaliation
  • Maintain a respectful relationship
  • Avoid lengthy, expensive litigation
  • Reach an agreement that satisfies both parties

The couple each has their own attorney present during collaboration, which helps keep them on track and ensures they cover all the important decisions and aspects they need to consider before finalizing their divorce. If additional assistance is needed, the attorneys can enlist the services of professionals such as financial experts or child psychologists, who can provide an opinion on their situation and suggest ways to reach a decision.

When Collaborative Divorce Doesn’t Work

Getting divorced is emotional, and sitting around trying to divide your assets and life can be challenging, no matter how much help you get. Couples can veer off track, or get into arguments and have a hard time reaching a resolution. For a collaborative divorce to work, however, the couple must be committed to the idea of working together until all decisions are made.

Collaborative divorce will not work if:

  • A couple is unable to make all decisions together. If you and your ex cannot resolve even one aspect and refuse to back down, you may need to go to court.
  • Either party is not completely honest about their assets. You must be ready and willing to disclose all finances, whether your spouse knows about them or not. If either party is dishonest, they could put the collaborative agreement in jeopardy.

As part of a collaborative divorce, both parties and their attorneys must sign a statement saying that the attorneys will withdraw from the case if the couple cannot reach an agreement.

Talk to a North Carolina Lawyer About Your Options

Collaborative divorce is something all couples should consider. It can help you reach a quicker decision and enjoy a civil relationship with your ex, it can minimize the emotional impact on your family, and it can be more cost-effective while allowing you to avoid spending long hours in a courtroom.

At Breeden Law Office, we know that divorce is not an easy situation to deal with. But with the help of attorney Jonathan Breeden, you can reach a satisfying end result while keeping a calm head. Once you can finalize your agreement, you will be able to move on and start a new life.

Breeden Law Office has helped couples throughout Wake, Harnett, and Johnston counties with their family law needs. To schedule a time to talk about your case, contact us at (919) 661-4970.


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