What Happens when a Cooperative Divorce Goes to Court?
Even if a cooperative divorce law case does go to court, the parties are likely to have a less stressful and less costly experience than if they had not tried the cooperative approach. The cooperative spirit, the non-forceful coaching style that the lawyers use to explain divorce law, and the general seasoning of the parties’ reasoning often pay considerable dividends even after litigation begins. Some of these benefits are:
- The parties are more relaxed and less resentful of having to go to court;
- The parties enter litigation with a more insightful grasp of the problem and of what to expect;
- The parties are less likely to be as defensive;
- The parties acquire a better sense of the need for court intervention;
- A good portion of the parties’ mutual willingness to cooperate generally carries over into the litigation process;
- The parties now understand the benefits of meeting the other party half way, and no longer see compromise as ego deflating, or as a surrender;
- The parties are more understanding and tolerant of the other’s settlement position;
- There is less anger, friction, and competition between the parties;
- The parties now see the benefit of attacking the problem, as opposed to attacking one another;
- The parties are now attuned to the benefits of problem solving, as opposed to fighting; and,
- The parties, having had a lengthier opportunity to deal with their feelings and to digest what they are now up against, are less prone to be difficult.
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