Despite what popular culture may have you believe, the end of your marriage does not have to be an all-out battle in open court. With collaborative divorce, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse work together to find solutions to divorce-related matters, such as property division or child custody.
While collaborative divorce is likely to be advantageous for you, it may also be extremely beneficial for your kids. Here are three ways ending your marriage through a collaborative process may be good for the young ones in your family.
1. Minimize psychological trauma
Divorce is rarely easy for children to process. High-conflict divorce, though, may cause your kids to experience psychological trauma. Specifically, your children may develop anger, depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder as a direct result of your bitter court battle. If you and your spouse choose not to fight, you may minimize the psychological consequences your kids face.
2. Present a united front
Your children likely must make some adjustments after your divorce concludes. Still, they should not have to worry that you or their other parent will disappear from their lives forever. With collaborative divorce, you present a united front. That is, despite the breakdown in your marriage, you demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a strong family.
3. Save financial resources
Collaborative divorce is almost always less expensive than protracted litigation. Because raising kids can be costly, you can use any money you save to enrich the lives of your children. If they have special needs, your kids may also appreciate the extra funds you have to devote to them.
While your divorce is likely to cause you some angst, focusing on the best interests of your children may help you cope. Ultimately, while collaborative divorce is not appropriate in every situation, opting for it may ensure your kids emerge from your divorce in the healthiest place possible.