Going through divorce will always hold its own ups and downs, and will always have some level of stress involved. This is simply the nature of the process and what it means for the lives of all involved parties.
However, it is possible to reduce the amount of time you spend on a divorce case, and thus reduce the stress related to it.
How it works
Forbes points out that one of the best ways to avoid additional stress during divorce is by avoiding the court. This cuts down on the expenses as well as the time spent on the split.
Collaborative divorce remains one of the most common ways to do this. At the start of the process, you and your spouse must sign an agreement saying you will not take the case to court. If this changes, you will have to find new legal representation, so make sure this option serves you best.
Both you and your partner will hire your own personal representatives next. From that point on, all meetings about the divorce will happen with all four parties present. Personal representatives help convey what you want out of the divorce in a clear, concise way. They negotiate on your behalf so that you can come to a reasonable conclusion that all parties benefit from.
Who it works for
Collaborative divorce works best in situations where you and your spouse may need a little help deciding on certain aspects of the split but largely stand on the same page. If you have too many highly contentious items that you simply cannot agree on, this option may not serve you well.