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Cooperative Divorce may be your answer if you are facing a divorce and you aren’t sure how to handle it. Not all divorces go to court, in fact, most don’t ever get that far. There is always place for compromise if you and your spouse are willing to work together and get through the divorce faster. What’s more, a cooperative divorce will save you and your spouse a lot of money. Cooperative divorce can have many benefits over other types of divorce, and is similar to a collaborative divorce, though with some minor differences.

Cooperative Divorce Definition

A cooperative divorce is one that is resolved through a settlement, based on the consensus and agreements of both parties. It is a gentler way to handle a divorce, based on different principles of the process. The main difference between a cooperative divorce and collaborative divorce, is that some cooperative divorces do lead to litigation. But it is important to note this does not always happen, and many of them are resolved without ever going to court. This is only done if it is absolutely necessary and often only on a few remaining issues still making the overall process much shorter and less expensive than an acrimonious divorce.

Why Choose a Cooperative Divorce?

The first benefit of not going to court for divorce is the obvious one. Nobody wants to go to court and experience a costly trial unnecessarily. The divorce litigation process is expensive and takes a long time. On average, between the time you file for divorce and complete the court process, it takes 12-18 months. Don’t put yourselves or your kids through this unless it is necessary. Another benefit is that you actually have an approximate date of finalization when settlements are complete. This means getting through everything much more quickly than litigation. By choosing cooperative divorce, you are giving your attorneys the chance to settle the case out of court, which is also great for your mental stability. Cooperative divorce also improves the communications you will have in the future and promotes co-parenting.

Cooperating During Divorce

As stated in our “What is Cooperative Divorce Law” article, cooperative divorce law states that each party will cooperate on the following matters:

  • Agreeing on a custody arrangement for the good of your kids.
  • Will act civil to each other at all time, respond quickly to requests and provide information if asked.
  • Will disclose fully all of the financial information that is requested.
  • Will get joint appraisals for any belongings or property that is needed to come to a final settlement.
  • Agree to cooperate during negotiation sessions, including those with attorneys and a mediator present.
  • Will always be respectful, honest, civil and professional during the proceedings.

If you can follow all of these rules and promise to remain civil throughout the process, you have a good chance at getting through a cooperative divorce without ever going through costly, traumatic divorce litigation. The fact is, even divorcing couples who think they are going to go into a court room to get justice done, typically settle out of court anyway. Why not contact our DuPage county cooperative divorce attorneys *today* and save yourself time, money, trauma and drama by taking matters into your own hands and making the commitment to a cooperative divorce now?


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