Collaborative divorce in Florida focuses on splitting in a cooperative and nonadversarial way. Unlike contested divorces, which often involve litigation and courtroom battles, collaborative divorce encourages open communication and negotiation.
The primary objective is to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on issues such as property division, alimony and child custody. The timeline is typically shorter than that of a contested divorce but varies depending on how long each step takes.
Florida has 3.4 divorces per 1,000 people, and collaborative divorces are becoming more popular. They can take just a few months, but their duration varies based on individual circumstances such as the complexity of issues, the level of cooperation between parties, and the efficiency of the negotiation process.
Fortunately, the emphasis on cooperation and efficient resolution often speeds up the process.
The first step
Typically, both parties sign a participation agreement committing to resolving disputes amicably. This initial phase lays the groundwork for a cooperative approach to divorce.
Disclosure and information gathering
The next phase involves full disclosure of financial information and other pertinent details. This transparency is necessary for a fair and equitable resolution. Both parties work together to gather and exchange necessary information, setting the stage for informed decision-making.
Negotiation and resolution
The heart of the collaborative divorce process lies in negotiation and resolution. This phase may involve several meetings between the parties and any relevant professionals, such as financial experts or child specialists.
The parties proceed to draft a comprehensive settlement agreement. This document outlines the terms and conditions of the divorce, reflecting the decisions made during the collaborative process. Attention to detail in drafting this agreement helps avoid misunderstandings in the future.
Court approval and finalization
The final steps involve seeking court approval and finalizing the legal aspects. Upon approval, the divorce becomes final, and the collaborative process concludes.
By understanding the key phases and time considerations, individuals navigating this process can contribute to a smoother, more efficient resolution of their marital dissolution.