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3 reasons to avoid court in a high-asset divorce

Are you under the impression that a high-asset divorce necessitates litigation? It may seem like the only way to divide so much valuable property between a couple that is ending their marriage is by battling it out in front of a judge, as property distribution is usually a contentious part of divorce.

However, going straight to the courtroom is rarely the best method. These three reasons show why you should try collaborative law instead.

1. Collaborative law is cooperative

Litigation tends to automatically put people on their guard. Starting out with an attitude of competition and distrust is not going to be as effective as having an attitude of teamwork. Collaborative law is all about communication and cooperation. Practicing these tools amid the divorce can make it easier to do so in post-divorce life, as well. The privacy it entails reduces stress, too.

2. Collaborative law leads to more tolerable results

If you cannot agree to your divorce order, a judge will decide based on the information he or she has and what is best for any children involved. This can leave both you and your ex unhappy and unwilling to abide by the agreement. However, when you two create your own through negotiation and compromise, you are more willing to be satisfied with the outcome and follow the terms. The whole process helps you feel empowered.

3. Collaborative law saves money and time

When you are spending all your time in a courtroom, you are not racking up as high a legal bill and are avoiding unnecessary court fees and dates. Putting aside hostility to try collaboration will end up costing you less money and speeding up your divorce, with the exception of if you do not come to a settlement and have to move on to litigation. You can ask your attorney for advice on which route to take according to your situation.

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