These days, more and more couples are exploring alternatives to traditional divorce. One of those alternatives, growing in popularity, is Collaborative Divorce. Thanks to its unique approach of handling disputes and conflicts, this option speaks to many couples looking to end their marriage in a non-adversarial way. What is it and how does it work in Florida? Read on to find out.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
In a Collaborative Divorce, each spouse hires a specially-trained attorney to help them in reaching an out-of-court agreement that meets the needs of the entire family. The parties (and their attorneys) commit to resolving issues privately without the threat of litigation and agree to respectfully, transparently and in good faith to find the mutually acceptable solution. The benefits of Collaborative Divorce include minimized conflict, increased control over the outcome, reduced cost, a faster process and a resolution customized by the parties.
How does Collaborative Divorce work in Florida?
- Each party hires their own attorney. Be sure you choose one who has experience in the area of Collaborative Divorce;
- Each party meets with their own lawyer privately. Let them know exactly what you want and what your limits are as to: the least you are willing to accept and the most you are willing to give in each issue in your case;
- Both parties and their attorneys meet for “four-way” meetings, which will likely occur on a regular basis.
- Additional collaborative professionals (like a neutral facilitator and neutral financial professional) will be included to assist the parties and their attorneys in obtaining necessary information and to create options for settling of the issues in the case.
- Both parties and their attorneys sign a “no court” agreement specifying that both of the attorneys will withdraw from the case if it continues onto litigation in court.
- After a settlement agreement has been reached, divorce papers and the settlement agreement are filed with the family court.
Who are candidates for Collaborative Divorce?
Those looking to minimize the emotional fallout from divorce and get through the process fairly in a private confidential fashion with the least amount of trauma to themselves and their children, are good candidates for Collaborative Divorce. The parties do not have to be best friends or free of anger/bitterness, but they do have to be willing to cooperate to find a mutually-agreeable solution.
If you would like to find out more about Collaborative Divorce, contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. to schedule a consultation. Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding divorce while delivering excellent personal service. To discuss divorce, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. online or call 561-478-0312.