Also called non-court divorce, or divorce without court, no court divorce refers to the Collaborative approach to divorce. Rather then turning the decision-making power over to a judge, control of the Collaborative resolution is kept with the people directly involved in the dispute. All of the parties consent in writing to be part of a respectful process that leads to an out-of-court resolution. The clients retain the power to create a resolution that fits their particular needs and priorities. The focus is on constructive problem solving rather than adversarial bargaining and court-imposed solutions.
Benefits of no court divorce:
- Keeps control of the process with the individuals
- Avoids going to court
- Uses a problem-solving approach
- Identifies and addressees interest and concerns of all
- Provides for open communication
- Encourages mutual respect
- Emphasizes the needs of children
- Allows divorce with dignity
- Prepares individuals to move forward
See also COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE, COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE, COLLABORATIVE PROCESS.