What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a relatively new alternative in Florida to the traditional, court-based, litigation divorce. If you and your spouse are amiable and open to compromise, it could be right for you.
Rather than approaching divorce as adversaries, you’ll be able to work together in determining the terms of your divorce.
In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse will each hire your own specially trained collaborative lawyer. You’ll first meet separately with your lawyer. Then the four of you will meet together to negotiate a settlement agreement. Other professionals will be asked to participate as well, such as a financial expert, and a licensed mental health professional.
The Advantages of Collaborative Divorce
Schlegel Law Group in Orlando, Florida advocates collaborative divorce for both traditional and same-sex couples. We have experience in working with many couples who’ve chosen this option.
The benefits of a collaborative divorce over litigation are significant, including:
- Control Over the Outcome – You and your spouse will voice your opinions and negotiate compromises, rather than having a judge impose decisions on you. We also assist with divorce modifications in the event of changing circumstances that require adjustments to your agreement.
- Cost Savings – Legal fees and court costs add up. Collaborative divorce helps you avoid some of those expenses.
- Faster Finish – The divorce process can move along more quickly because you don’t have to wait for assigned court dates for your case to be heard.
- Less Stress – The approach to a collaborative divorce is more informal and relaxed than litigation. You’ll feel less anxiety than you would arguing the issues in a courtroom.
- Less Traumatic for Children – Collaborative divorce allows you to resolve conflicts more quickly and easily. We can help develop a parenting plan and mediate negotiations for child support. When you and your spouse work together, you’ll be able to develop the best possible solution for everyone involved.
The key to collaborative divorce for both straight and same-sex couples is a commitment by both parties to resolve differences amicably. Collaborative divorce can be considered for the entire divorce or part. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on certain points, those specific issues can be litigated.
Should you choose the collaborative approach, visit the CFL Collaborative Law Group to see other professionally trained collaborative divorce lawyers. Additionally, if you wish to learn more about collaborative divorce, visit the FACP website to see how collaborative divorce may be the best option for your case.
Once you’ve negotiated and accepted a settlement, then the attorneys will draft a legally binding agreement. The final step is to file the papers in court to be approved by a judge.