There really is no “average divorce”! The complexity of your situation and the amount and intensity of the conflict between the spouses will determine the length of your Collaborative Process. However, Collaborative Process can often be more direct and efficient. By focusing on problem-solving instead of blame and grievances, there is real opportunity to strive for respectful results. Full disclosure and open communication assures that you cover all the issues in a timely manner. People having a chance to say what they need to say, and hearing the other party directly also help people function and negotiate more effectively. And since you settle out of court, there’s no wait for the multiple court dates necessary with litigation. Experience shows that Collaborative Process cases generally take less time than litigated cases especially in jurisdictions where there are delays in accessing the courts.