The divorce process in Pennsylvania often looks very different from what it was a few decades ago. Instead of a long, anger-filled court battle that eats up time and money, you may avoid the courtroom altogether. The caveat is that both parties must be amiable to the process.

According to Psychology Today, a collaborative divorce process is an informal way for spouses and parents to resolve disputes between themselves, working with a team of professionals rather than leave the determination to a judge. The entire process takes place outside of the court until the very end. As a result, it offers many benefits.

Privacy and control

When you go through a divorce in court, everything becomes public, from the petition to the financial affidavits. By using the collaborative process, you can divorce privately instead of airing your grievances in public. Since the result is entirely in your hands and that of your ex, you work out an agreement without the intervention of a judge. Although there may be compromises, there are no orders handed down until the judge signs your final agreement.

Speed and informality

A court atmosphere can make a divorce more contentious than it needs to be. By using an informal process, you not only avoid the costs of court and scheduling issues, but the divorce can proceed as fast as the slowest participant. If you are both motivated, you can save time and money and reach a more creative agreement than a traditional divorce allows.

Outside professionals can help you reach an agreement that works for your family with a minimum of heartache. The team that helps your split become a reality may involve a financial planner, parenting coordinator, real estate broker and child psychologist. This interactive divorce process often has more a more satisfying outcome than other methods.