Collaborative law is a relatively new way of approaching divorce in Florida – it is quicker, more cost-effective, and results in a completely personalized and unique agreement regarding all aspects of a divorce. Instead of looking at marriage dissolution as a way to “get back” at the spouse who inflicted harm or betrayal upon the other, this type of divorce is meant to be entirely amicable and tailor-made to work for both parties.
At the beginning of the entire collaborative divorce process, you and your spouse and both attorneys will all sign an agreement that each person will work together to achieve a agreement. In the event that no agreement is reached, both lawyers agree that they will withdraw from the case; it does not benefit either lawyer if the case has to go to trial, and it is in everyone’s best interest to reach a resolution. Both you and your spouse will have your own South Florida collaborative divorce lawyer throughout the entire process. These attorneys will advise you on the best course of action during the collaborative procedure.
Mediators, experts and other professionals who are sometimes utilized during divorces can also be brought into the collaborative process, depending upon you and your spouse’s circumstances. Every issue and possible decision that needs to be made regarding child custody, alimony, child support, property division and all other divorce-related matters, will be made with the help of your attorney and in cooperation with the other side.
Instead of a judge, this type of divorce allows you and your spouse to resolve all of the above issues together. Your collaborative divorce attorney will work with you and with your spouse’s attorney to determine the best possible course of action regarding all of the issues you are confronting in your divorce. No one knows your marriage and circumstances better than you do; thus, a collaborative divorce can be the best, most amicable solution possible for people who are looking to achieve a friendly dissolution.