The Advantages of Choosing Collaborative Divorce Over Litigation

Deciding to divorce your spouse is stressful enough. Trying to choose which route to go can be even more stressful. Often times, the two main routes of divorce are collaborative or through litigation. Collaborative divorce is when separating couples hire professionals to help settle the terms of divorce outside of the court room. Divorce litigation is more adversarial and occurs when couples cannot reach an agreement. The divorce leads to a trial where a judge presides over the decisions. To help you choose, we’ve listed the benefits of a collaborative divorce over litigation.

You Have More Control

When couples choose collaborative divorce, they have more control over the case. With the help of meditators, they come up with their own terms and decide what works best for them.

Emotional Advantage

Through collaboration, both parties acknowledge a desire to work something that is mutually beneficial. With litigation, the spouses may come into the court room combative. But with collaboration, there is an understanding of working through decisions. It is also less stressful for the children, if you have any. During court cases, children might feel like they have to choose one parent over the other. With collaboration, they probably won’t feel as divided.


Collaboration usually requires less time from the attorneys than litigation would. Because spouses come to settlements outside of the courtroom, it costs less. With litigation you would have to pay for discovery, trial preparation the trial. Often trial cases can cost individuals over $30,000.


With collaboration couples have more privacy. Because they are in control over decisions and outcomes, they have their personal information private. With litigation, a judge presides over your case, making the choices on your behalf. Your information gets placed in public records. Thus, it is more convenient for collaboration.

Whether you decide to have a collaborative divorce or prefer litigation, we at Harris Law Firm can help. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Colorado divorce attorneys.