There are many benefits to a collaborative divorce versus traditional litigation.
First. All matters are kept confidential. No declarations are filed with the court (and available to the public) where the parties are slinging mud at the other.
Second. The focus on respect and open communications helps the parties maintain an amicable relationship even after the dissolution of their marriage. This is particularly important when the parties will be continuing to co-parent their children.
Third. The process also allows the parties and their attorneys to explore creative solutions that the court may not be able to order if the matter was in traditional litigation.
Douglas N. Kiger, Attorney at Law
Blado Kiger Bolan, Tacoma, Wash.