Divorce can be a challenging time for Florida couples. The end of a marriage is often accompanied by emotional turmoil, along with the practical and legal aspects of property division, child custody and spousal support. While some couples may have high-conflict relationships or prefer the traditional approach of litigation, others may prefer a non-adversarial option that helps divorcing spouses to work together for a solution. Collaborative divorce is one such option for spouses looking for a different path.
Understanding the collaborative divorce process
A collaborative divorce is different than an uncontested divorce, where couples have already reached an agreement and only need to prepare the paperwork to make their divorce final. Instead, divorcing spouses work together to negotiate their settlement with the help of experienced collaborative law attorneys that provide each spouse with representation, advice and assistance. Both spouses and their attorneys meet together until they arrive at a mutually acceptable settlement. Depending on the issues at stake, other professionals may also come into the collaborative divorce process, such as accountants or child custody advisors. After both spouses reach an agreement, it is then submitted to the family court for final approval, and because both parties have reached an agreement, there is no need for a lengthy process or contested litigation.
Why choose collaborative divorce?
Collaborative divorce is an attractive option for many couples who want to reduce the stress, conflict and expense that can accompany a litigated divorce. Couples who plan to co-parent may also want to practice their negotiation and decision-making skills to prepare them for their new role in sharing parenthood after divorce. The collaborative divorce process aims to find a solution that benefits both spouses, preventing assets from being squandered in the legal battle and preserving the communication and relationship needed for later successful co-parenting.