• What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?

Cost Comparison


  Court Cases Collaborative Cases
Financial Costs $15,000 to $100,000 per person $2,250 to $5,525 per person
Time to Resolve 6 months to 3 years 3 months to 1 year
Emotional Cost Blaming, fault-finding, animosity increases, communication decreases Future oriented, communication skills developed through process
Schedule Costs Court determines process dates Clients control meeting dates
Impact on Children Potential harm to the children when they are put in the middle of the adversarial process Parents learn how to minimize the impact on the children. Child's voice can be brought into the process without dividing loyalties.
Impact on Your Business Potential loss or sale of business to cover property settlement Opportunity to find solutions that can preserve the business, ensuring it provides for the family
Control of Decision-Making Costs Judge determines outcome; outcome limited by the law Clients negotiate outcome; clients can be creative with solutions
Fairness Judge determines fairness based on previous cases, the law and personal experiences Clients determine what is fair for their own family through negotiation
Long Term Costs Mandated solutions imposed on the family are least likely to be cooperative, which can lead to further court involvement after the divorce Client based solutions are most likely to be followed, minimized further conflict and the need for additional expense

Costs vary from case to case depending on the complexity of the issues and the parties involved. This cost estimate represents typical cases and may not represent your actual costs.

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