On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in divorce on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Contentious courtroom battles, strained relationships and fighting over the china are increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Lots of couples, including many here in Kentucky, are turning to alternative methods of resolving their divorce issues. The methods provide a friendlier atmosphere that fosters compromise and cooperation, which often leads to a more satisfying settlement than those received in traditional courtroom divorces.
A Kentucky couple does not have to be in complete agreement regarding their issues in order to benefit from either mediation or collaborative divorce. It is only necessary to be able to work together and not have major disagreements. One of the greatest benefits that most couples gain from using these methods is the ability to control the outcome.
Whether a couple chooses collaborative divorce or mediation, the parties are encouraged to resolve their issues together. Mediators, attorneys and others involved in the process can help guide them and provide much needed advice. Agreements can be made that would be considered “outside the box” in a courtroom. The settlement can be tailored to the needs of the individuals and the children, if any. Whatever agreement results from the process, it will still require the approval of the court.
Approval from the court requires that the divorce settlement complies with current Kentucky family law and does not violate any public policies. An attorney can help ensure that a couple’s agreement meets these standards while still allowing them to create an agreement that satisfies both parties. Even as the marriage ends, a couple can part ways in a more amicable, less stressful and less costly environment.