Your Divorce: Demolition or Deconstruction?

Unless you’re making a movie, demolishing a building, especially a downtown office building or a big hotel, is wasteful. At least if you are recording the destruction, you can make use of the footage. Until recently, the refuse from a tear-down is useless, accounting for 90% of the construction industry’s waste.

But what if, instead of tearing down buildings, you pry them apart and reuse the pieces? What if you meticulously disassemble old homes when they’ve reached the end of their useful lives, either in terms of safety or in terms of modern living? What if you could resell the material so those old homes could be resurrected as new construction?

Yes, this is happening. In recent years, there’s been a growing movement towards deconstruction instead of demolition. and it’s liable to become a trend in a world that values recycling more than landfills.

Is this the future of divorce? Rather than destroying your old marriage, is deconstruction an option? Should you consider carefully disassembling it instead, saving what’s salvageable from the landfill for reuse in your new family structure?

Here are a couple of links to some actual collaborative and mediated divorce that I have been a part of that show how this process works in the real world with real people.

This is exactly what we do in collaborative divorces. How do we do it? Find out by calling a collaborative divorce professional and asking your questions. You’ll like the answers. And the results. You can visit us at Open Palm Law or email me at Change is always hard, but it doesn’t have to be wasteful. Make that change valuable; make it collaboratively.

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