Divorce Advice for Spouses without Children

Divorces that don't involve children aren't necessarily less complicated. These spouses need to reach resolution with respect to family property, family debts and support obligations. Many of these spouses not only want to reach a fair and respectful resolution, but they also want to feel that the process was fair and respectful.

A separation and divorce often impacts many relationships: in-laws, nieces and nephews, and shared friends. Our collaboratively trained lawyers and divorce coaches help couples resolve matters amicably and, in doing so, preserve these important relationships. If a spouse is concerned about friends and family "choosing sides," opting for a respectful dispute resolution process can set a positive, tone to minimize the harm to these relationships.

The Collaborative Divorce Network has helped many spouses to reach a resolution that meets the highest needs of each of the spouses and allows them to move forward in a positive and healthy way.

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Creative Solutions – Case Study

Many of our clients seek our expertise because they don’t want to destroy relationships with their spouse's family.

In one recent case, we worked with a couple who first met and fell in love when they were teenagers. The wife developed a close relationship with her husband's parents and his extended family. When they separated she feared the impact it would have on these relationships. The divorce coach was particularly attentive to this, and the couple was able to work through their settlement amicably, making it much easier for the wife to maintain relationships with her husband's extended family. As it turned out, one of the husband's nieces insisted that her "auntie" attend her graduation - the wife and her new partner, along with the husband and his new partner, were all in attendance at the family celebration.

"While the presence of children, and hence the discussions about parenting time, can complicate reaching a resolution, the absence of children doesn't necessarily mean reaching an agreement will be less complicated."

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