In most cases, the cost of collaborative divorce Illinois is less expensive than going through the court system. This is a recent and hard-earned alternative to a traditional divorce. It’s an option that allows couples to avoid the costly and emotionally draining process of going through the courts. 

What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is a process where a team of lawyers, mediators and other professionals meet with the divorcing couple to try to reach an agreement. The lawyers and professionals are guided by a contract called the Collaborative Divorce Participation Agreement.

The agreement establishes that:

  • The roles and responsibilities of you and your spouse
  • How you will communicate with each other
  • Who will pay for what (for example, who’s paying for things associated with getting divorced?)

What is the cost of collaborative divorce Illinois?

Typically, the cost of a collaborative divorce Illinois is less than the traditional methods. That is attributed to the fact that:

  • Collaborative Divorce takes less time. The process lasts around 6 months, but in a traditional negotiation or litigated process it can take a year or more. In a Collaborative Divorce the focus is on coming to an agreement rather than fighting over every little thing. 
  • Collaborative Professionals are skilled at helping clients work towards a resolution. Even when issues or disagreements do arise, the experts in the room will help clients move past them and focus on the ultimate goal, an agreement that is best for everyone.

The cost of collaborative divorce Illinois is determined by the complexity of the case and the number of issues being settled. This process doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you treasure. It doesn’t mean you rush through decisions to save money. The structure of a collaborative divorce puts people in a position to work together to create lasting solutions for the families future.

What else do you need to know about the process?

Collaborative Divorce is a process that can be completed in as little as one to two months, but it usually takes between six and nine months. The length of time depends on the complexity of your case, including how many assets are involved, how many people are involved (including children), and how far apart you and your spouse are on issues like child support, property division and alimony. Because there are no court hearings, your case will move quickly through the system once all parties agree to participate in collaborative divorce.

The cost of Collaborative Divorce Illinois is typically about half of what you would spend with traditional litigation or mediation because there is no attorney fee or court filing fee required by law when using this approach. There may however be other costs associated with preparing documents such as financial statements or reports by accountants etc…. 

Learn the basics of collaborative divorce and how it can help you.

The collaborative divorce process is driven by the parties themselves and not by their attorneys. You and your partner decide on all essential financial and family issues. 

Collaborative divorce costs less than litigation: it typically takes less time to negotiate a settlement, which saves you money. There is no court involvement (except at the very end), which again, saves you money.

If you are considering a divorce, the best thing to do is get in touch with an experienced legal professional. If a collaborative divorce is the route you choose, then The Law Office of Tania K. Harvey can help you with that. Contact our office today for more information.

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