Litigation is often time-consuming, expensive and contentious. Especially in family law and divorce cases, the process can permanently damage family relationships. It can also be harmful for children caught up in the process. There are alternatives to litigation when it comes to resolving family law disputes. The lawyers at Reed Law understand the collaborative law process and can explain how such a process may prove beneficial in your case. With over 30 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys effectively represent clients in collaborative family law cases. We can analyze your circumstances and determine whether the collaborative law process is right for you.
How Does The Collaborative Law Process Work?
In Florida family law cases, the collaborative law process involves meetings between the parties to the suit. With each party having attorney representation, they work through individual issues until arriving at a satisfactory solution. This process has proven effective in divorce, child custody, visitation, spousal support and child support concerns. Property appraisers, financial advisers, counselors and other experts can also participate.
Why Collaborative Law Can Be Advantageous
The advantages of the process include:
- The divorce is private and confidential.
- The parties have decision making control, not the judge.
- Faster than litigation.
- The parties have better control of the costs with several flat fee options.
- Preserves relationships for long-term family interaction.
- Parties have much more control over the entire process.
- The process allows the parties to create their own agreement.
- Because parties control the scheduling, they can hold meetings and complete the process on their own timelines.
- Collaborative law is often much less expensive than litigation cases that go through a trial.
- The process fosters better long-term relationships.
Please keep in mind that the collaborative law process may not be ideal for every circumstance. The facts of a case often determine which method of resolution is best. Also, for the collaborative process to work, parties must be willing to work together, abide by the process and keep an open mind.
At Reed Law, we will give you straightforward guidance regarding whether the collaborative law process is right for you. Because we routinely try family law matters through litigation, mediation and the collaborative process, we understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Contact Us To Discover More About Collaborative Family Law
To find out more and to reach the attorneys at Reed Law in Panama City, please contact our office by calling 850-250-4260. We routinely provide representation in Bay, Gulf, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Holmes, Walton and Okaloosa counties.