Contrary to what you often see in the movies, not every divorce turns into an ugly, acrimonious battle. Instead, many people walk away from their marriages while maintaining cordial relationships with their former spouses. If you think you may be able to do the same, consider embarking on a collaborative divorce. 

Unlike traditional, litigated divorces, collaborative divorces involve the two of you working through asset division, child custody arrangements, alimony considerations and similar matters without going to court. Why is it that a rising number of former couples are dissolving their marriages through this method? 

Collaborative divorces may be more affordable 

Rather than pit yourself against your former partner, which might lead to fighting over every last asset or marital consideration, a collaborative divorce encourages ending things promptly and smoothly. In court, time is money (and you also need to factor in court fees), so the more you do to stay out of court, the more money you stand to save. 

Collaborative divorces may end marriages faster 

Because you are not bickering over every last aspect of your split, you may finalize your divorce much faster when you take a collaborative approach. The less time you spend dealing with the divorce itself, the more time you have to focus on rebuilding your life in the absence of your spouse. 

Collaborative divorces give you more control 

Rather than leave important decisions up to a judge, a collaborative divorce gives you and your ex a chance to work through matters until you make decisions that satisfy you both. When both parties have a hand in divorce-related decisions, the chances of both parties sticking to the agreed-upon terms improve. 

Collaborative divorces may benefit children 

Your kids may, too, appreciate you deciding to collaborate on your divorce. Just as watching you fight may cause your son or daughter unnecessary anxiety, watching you work together, even after you decide to divorce, may help your child adjust to his or her new normal.