Collaborative Divorce is a Myth 

Collaborative divorce sounds like a great alternative to traditional divorce; however, the cost, time, and concept of collaborative divorce is everything but helpful and proves itself to be a myth constantly within the bounds of family law. In addition, divorce has negative connotations that are often associated with legal separation proceedings, communication might be harsh, disagreeing with settlements, and overall distrust between spouses are very common. Still, in reality, divorce can be a collaborative and easy process to undergo using traditional methods. The concept of collaborative divorce is that in name alone, the proceedings for collaborative divorce are identical to a conventional divorce. For example, you could proceed in a contested or uncontested divorce. Your court agreements are all the same in both traditional and collaborative divorce. But collaborative divorce has some major downs with its misleading name.

Couples opt for collaborative divorce because of its appealing facade, but in the end, divorce is still divorce. People often want to become separated due to insufficiency within their marriage or issues that can't simply be solved. Problems in the relationship usually add to the plethora of problems when entering a collaborative divorce and prove its alternative to be more effective. Collaborative divorce is far worse than traditional divorce because of some critical reasons. In collaborative divorce, independent third parties are employed to deal with issues relating to child custody and financial well-being for their divorce. These third parties are only allowed to work with the information given to them by the spouses; since collaborative divorce is based primarily out of court, issues with fact-checking and misinterpretation can be exploited or continually abused through the entire divorce without repercussion.

Collaborative divorce allows some spouses to hide assets or critical information for their divorce purposely; this makes collaborative divorce potentially less collaborative than a regular divorce. Traditional divorce is settled in court to prevent misinformation and exploitation and almost shuts out all collaborative divorce issues.

Collaborative Divorce is a Money Pit. 

Mediation is the primary avenue for discussing agreements in collaborative divorce. But the actions taken before you step into that mediation session are vast. You will hire attorneys alongside experts in asset separation and custody experts. Meeting between attorneys will be had, and money out of your pocket will go to these "experts" before you get any real progress on your case. If the session is unproductive, you'll need to have another session that is just as expensive and time-consuming, some time you'll need to hire new experts and attorneys. By that time, you be so far down the money pit you'll have no way to climb out. Collaborative divorce is an avenue for disaster, so let's do your divorce right the first time.

New Mexico's best divorce lawyers can help. 

Here at Genus Law, we'll make your divorce streamlined and easy to understand from the beginning without any loops you need to jump through. Contact us at 505-317-4455, fill out our contact form below, or chat with an online representative to get in touch with our premier divorce and custody lawyers. We'll get you the results you need.

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