Keeping children’s needs first.
Children are often caught between divorcing parents. To protect children from this tug of war, Collaborative Divorce places their interests foremost and makes their needs a matter of mutual agreement. Collaborative Divorce also helps you develop a workable parenting plan to determine sharing arrangements and consider your children’s needs as they mature.
Collaborative Divorce also addresses the long-term impact of separation or divorce on children. This impact can manifest itself in various ways: kids may have difficulty understanding what is happening and why; they may be unable to express their feelings; they may become – and stay – angry or resentful, or develop behavioural problems at home or school. Collaborative Divorce Professionals in Alberta include child specialists on the Collaborative team to help you minimize the potential harm to your children.
A neutral child specialist can help you deal with a host of sensitive issues, including:
Adolescents or young adults need age-appropriate care, too. A neutral child specialist can give them a voice in the Collaborative process so they can share their needs and concerns, and participate in creating and following an effective parenting plan.
While divorce may be unavoidable, a restructured family can build up positive benefits for your children over the long term.
A fair resolution.
Divorce or separation can make anyone, regardless of their means, feel financially vulnerable and anxious. Anxiety about money, one of the top divorce issues, typically includes two areas: support and the division of property/assets. Collaborative Divorce provides a fair, customized and confidential process to help the spouses reach an agreement that is equitable for each of them.
How will we share income and expenses? In a Collaborative Divorce you and your ex exchange full financial disclosure. By building understanding and agreement about financial support, Collaborative Divorce tries to eliminate the fear of the unknown that surrounds this issue, and lets you customize a solution to meet your needs and your family’s. Problem-solving negotiations can restore financial confidence with a settlement that both spouses believe is fair.
Because financial matters can be both complicated and emotional, you can enlist the services of a financial specialist as part of the Collaborative process. This financial expert serves as a neutral party who can “level the playing field” regarding financial knowledge and facilitate a successful division of property, including answers to contentious questions such as:
The financial specialist can put various scenarios into perspective for you, so you understand the short- and long-term implications of your decisions. As a result, you can arrive at reasonable and practical solutions to your division of assets.