EP 7: The Least-Painful Divorce Process – Collaboration

Welcome to the seventh episode of Divorce and Your Money Podcast. Your host, Shawn Leamon, MBA and Certified Divorce Analyst, will discuss a relatively new method of getting divorced called collaborative divorce.

Instead of fighting, you and your spouse agree to work together to reach an agreeable settlement to resolve any issues, which is the opposite of litigation. In collaborative divorce, the goal is to come up with a reasonable and mutually amicable settlement that is beneficial for both you and your spouse. If your divorce involves only limited acrimony, this course of action may be best for you.

Your attorneys, divorce financial analysts, and mediators should all have a thorough understanding of how this process works. It is a very specific area of law, and experts are available who are specifically trained in it. A collaborative divorce is generally less expensive compared with other methods.

It can save you thousands of dollars in court and attorney’s fees since the process is based on collaboration for a mutually beneficial settlement.

Key Learning Points:

  • Both spouses agree to work together for an agreeable resolution.
  • The goal is to reach a reasonable, mutually amicable, and beneficial settlement.
  • Make sure your attorneys and divorce financial analysts are experts in this process.
  • Collaborative divorce is generally less expensivecompared with other methods.
  • Both spouses need to agree for the process to work.

Thank you for listening to the Divorce and Your Money Podcast. We hope the show helps you through one of the most difficult periods of your life. Shawn Leamon is also author of Divorce and Your Money: The No Nonsense Guide. One-on-one divorce coaching services are available at www.divorceandyourmoney.com.

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Shawn Leamon, MBA, CDFA

Dallas, Texas

Shawn C. H. Leamon is Managing Partner of LaGrande Global, a firm that helps successful families manage large financial transitions like divorce, inheritance and selling a business.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy, and his Masters in Business Administration at Spain’s IE Business School.

Before founding LaGrande Global, Shawn helped manage $1.1 billion in client assets at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also worked as a credit research analyst at J.P. Morgan. He is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, and he has been an advisor to numerous high-stakes divorce cases.

Shawn is the author of two well-received finance books: Managing Private Wealth: Principles, and Divorce and Your Money: The No-Nonsense Guide, both published in 2016.

In his spare time, Shawn is an ultra-endurance athlete and has competed in events as long as 24 hours. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Alumni Board of Greenhill School.