A collaborative divorce in Florida allows both parties to obtain the support of their legal teams while working toward a settlement without litigation involved. It can be a smoother process than a traditional divorce. This approach may make it easier to work through disputes or disagreements and work toward a resolution without involving the courts.
What to expect during a collaborative divorce
The goal of a collaborative divorce is to reach a settlement that both spouses are content with because they’ve created it together. Your attorney will represent only your interests and may also assemble a team that includes a financial specialist, child specialist and a divorce coach. Each professional will work with you and your spouse to discuss the different options available. Your negotiations may cover property division, asset valuation, spousal support, child support and parenting time if you have children.
Multiple meetings will be scheduled to continue discussions and negotiations during the collaborative divorce process. The first meeting will include both parties signing a “no court” agreement, allowing the attorneys to withdraw if one of the spouses doesn’t want to continue the process. Once you agree on the terms, the attorneys will create a settlement agreement that both spouses will sign. The judge will also sign the same document to finalize it.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
Reach out to a family law attorney if you need legal assistance in pursuing a collaborative divorce. Your attorney may inform you of your rights and review the details of your case in advance. This may make the process smoother and help you work toward an outcome in your favor.