Cooperative Divorce in Montana: What You Need to Know

You think it’s time to move on from your marriage, but the expense and stress of a divorce have you holding back? There’s hope. We’ve all seen in the news, movies, and real life how messy and ugly the divorce process can be. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Getting divorced doesn’t have to be like Johnny and Amber 

A traditional divorce process means both spouses hire separate attorneys and pay separate attorney’s fees. This amounts to an expensive process often costing upwards of $20,000.00 or more, which comes directly from your pocketbooks and leaves both spouses less to start over with. 

Besides the cost, the divorce process can be time-consuming, lasting several months to over a year or more, creating additional stress and conflict between you and your spouse. But there is another way to do things.

If you and your spouse are ready to move on and willing to work together toward a peaceful end of your marriage, we can help. You have already made difficult decisions in the past, and if you are willing to work together through this last difficult decision, we are here to guide the way.

The process of cooperative divorce

We can assist you and your spouse in filing as co-petitioners and resolving your marriage without the need for a hearing or an expensive battle. Of course, this will take commitment from both of you to engage in this cooperative process and a willingness to compromise.  

Divorce is a complex process, and if it isn’t done correctly, that can lead to unforeseen consequences and even financial penalties from the court. However, we can make sure that the necessary documents are complete, correct, and filed with the appropriate court so that you can move on with your life.

The cooperative divorce session

Although similar to the mediation process, the service we offer is superior. 

Our cooperative divorce sessions are similar to mediations in that we advance suggestions and ideas for reaching a decision when you and your spouse are at an impasse. We advise on what the law states and how a judge may rule on specific issues. However, our process is superior to mediation because you do not have to pay for two attorneys to go back and forth and a mediator to try to divide the difference. 

We will meet with both of you together, talk about your goals, and ultimately work toward completing the entire process of dividing the marital estate and even creating a parenting plan if necessary — all in one day!  

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The decision to divorce is already a difficult one. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make the divorce process as straightforward as possible and to ensure that you and your partner end your marriage on good terms. That’s what our cooperative divorce lawyers are here to help you with.

Give our office a call to discuss how you can move forward with your life, with less stress, time, and financial strain. A better way is possible, and we can help. Reach out to us in Bozeman at (406) 602-8700 or in Missoula at (406) 721-3354. If you prefer, you can also contact us online.