This time of year brings with it resolutions and the hope that things will be different than they have been in the past—different in these instances tends to mean the hope that things will be better than they have been or currently are. Often, we think of these resolutions as personal and individual goals leading to proclamations of “New Year, New Me!”. However, this mindset can also be a collective goal that family members wish for themselves and each other, a resolution for a “New Year, New We!”
This can apply to families going through difficult situations like divorce. It is an unfortunate reality that divorce is often ugly and detrimental for the entire family. Sometimes it is as a result of individual family members and their emotions getting the best of them, but other times it is a result of the nature of litigation. Litigation is sometimes encouraged by the same old patterns that bring marriages to their end. However, even though a marriage is ending, it does not mean that it is the end of the family that was born out of that marriage. It is important for individuals to consider what the aftermath of a divorce will look like for him/her and especially their children. Rather than ending on bad terms, families can choose to begin this new chapter on better terms and with the tools that will help encourage better relationships. This is possible through the Collaborative Process.
The Family Law Collaborative Process allows families the opportunity to face their new reality as a team rather than enemies. Instead of being torn apart through litigation, this alternative to litigation offers families the option to turn over a new leaf and begin this chapter of their lives in the most positive way under the circumstances. If this new year comes with the realization that your marriage is coming to an end, but your hope is to end on good terms, create and/or maintain a positive co-parenting relationship with your spouse and ultimately prioritize the best interest of your children as well as the emotional wellbeing of your entire family going forward—take the time to educate yourself on the collaborative process and the benefits associated with handling your divorce in this manner.
At EHB & Associates, our attorneys are trained in the collaborative process and have a vast network of professionals who can assist in the handling of your collaborative case.