If your marriage simply is not working, you may be thinking about ending it. A protracted court battle may not appeal much to you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse, though. Fortunately, your marriage may be a good candidate for a collaborative divorce. 

Couples who opt for some type of collaborative divorce work together to resolve important matters, such as asset division or child custody. Here are three common benefits of collaborative divorce. 

1. You retain some control

With a conventional divorce, a judge has wide latitude to determine how to end your marriage. While you may not agree with a judge’s order, it is legally binding. With collaborative divorce, though, you have an opportunity to negotiate matters with your spouse. If you can reach an acceptable agreement, a judge is likely to respect it. 

2. You think outside the box

You and your husband or wife may have a record of solving problems together. Even if your marriage is on the rocks, you may be able to use this cooperative experience to come up with the right solutions for your specific situation. By contrast, a judge may take a more cookie-cutter approach to your divorce. 

3. You save some money

With legal fees and associated costs, a lengthy court battle can be rough on your budget. While collaborative divorce may not be cheap, it is usually noticeably less expensive than traditional divorce. 

When your divorce concludes, you need enough funds to start your new life. By opting for an affordable collaborative divorce, you save some money to spend on your next chapter.