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Top 5 Reasons to have a Collaborative Divorce After 50

The following is a blurb from a fabulous article written by Tracy A. Timby, a lawyer and mediator in Newtown, Pennsylvania. I found the article on and I’m sharing it here because I think that any couple who has decided to divorce, over fifty or not, should read it before filing papers. Actually? Any couple in the middle of a divorce should read it, especially if they’re in the middle of a litigated divorce, because no one has to keep litigating once they’ve started.

Divorce files are public record and all court appearances are open to the public. In a typical litigated divorce, the court file will contain details about income, retirement funds, investments, value of your home, mortgage balance, all debt, names and ages of your children, your age, health status, documentation of any drug or alcohol issues, allegations about your parenting, marital misconduct, credit worthiness, and much more.

In a collaborative divorce, all of the above is shared only with the people directly involved in the case and only upon agreement of both parties. The paperwork filed is what is necessary to process the divorce and document the agreement of the parties.

If that information alone isn’t reason enough to choose collaboration over litigation, I don’t know what is.  But that’s just my opinion. If you’re not convinced, head over to and read the full article.

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