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Florida's Collaborative Law Process Act could change divorce

Spouses who want to end their marriage in Florida will now find that the state is taking a new approach to the legal aspects of divorce. With the passage of the Collaborative Law Process Act, spouses will now be required to go through a collaborative process in the early stages of a divorce, rather than taking the matter directly to court. That could change the way that divorce is perceived in the state, and could have a ripple effect on other states considering similar legislation.

More research that supports the benefits of collaborative law

Few Florida residents relish the thought of a highly contentious or bitter divorce. That is especially true for parents, who must also consider the effect that a nasty divorce might have on their shared children. Researchers have looked at the impact that divorce can have on children, and have concluded that it is not the divorce itself that causes hardship for kids, but the manner in which the parents handle the divorce. That is yet another reason why parents should consider a collaborative law approach as they prepare to part ways.

Teamwork tips for divorce

When you and your spouse prepare to end your marriage, it may seem natural to view divorce as a practical and symbolic end to the team you have been. However, throughout the legal process, you are still a team with the same objectives, and if you can maintain this outlook, both of you may benefit substantially.

Parenting coordinators can play a role in collaborative law

For many Florida parents, moving through the details of a divorce does not have to resemble a battle. Plenty of couples prefer to take a collaborative law approach, which allows them the opportunity to work through their divorce outside of a courtroom. For those who share children, a parenting coordinator can assist in working through various child custody options and can be a valuable addition to one's divorce team.

Collaborative law can help parents with timing issues

The process of bringing a marriage to a close requires a great of individual decisions. For Florida spouses who share children, this process is even more complicated. Most parents strive to make divorce decisions that are in the best interests of their children, but reaching that shared goal can be something of a challenge. Collaborative law offers a means through which both sides can work together to maintain stability for their kids.

Could collaborative law result in less divorce paperwork?

Many Florida residents are unsure what to do with their divorce paperwork once the process is complete. For many, the files and folders associated with a divorce are overwhelming. It is not uncommon for couples to amass literally hundreds of pages of documents and legal correspondence. Hanging on to those documents can feel like a burden, both literally and figuratively. For those in Florida who use a collaborative law approach, the end result could be far less paperwork to handle, both during the divorce and afterward.

Collaborative law and the resulting divorce agreement

For those in Florida who have chosen to work together to resolve the details of their divorce, an assumption is often made that the road ahead will be paved with similar good intentions. In reality, however, that is not always the case. Even couples who choose collaborative law as a divorce option can encounter difficulties once the divorce agreement has been signed, sealed and delivered.

What is collaborative divorce?

In a traditional divorce, each party retains a lawyer, who takes control of the legal process on behalf of his or her client. This usually results in repeated trips to court, claims and counter-claims, and a conveyer belt of litigation that ends only when the two sides are emotionally exhausted and out of money.

Collaborative law could have helped this family

Few legal matters are more contentious than child custody cases. The care and custody of a child raises a number of emotions in Florida parents, and it can be easy to let emotion overrule reason in fighting for parenting time. Unfortunately, the outcome of a lengthy and bitter child custody case can be negative for all involved. An example is found in an unusual case that is making headlines across the nation. Had these parents taken a collaborative law approach, the outcome could have been far easier to accept.

Some of the many benefits of collaborative law

For many Florida parents, ending their marriage is a stressful time. Having to come to terms with the end of what was once thought to be a lifetime commitment is hard enough. But factor in the fear of losing parenting time with one's child or children and the scenario becomes fraught with tension. Child custody battles are among the most contentious legal cases that any attorney will encounter, and many families stagger away from that experience the worse for wear. Collaborative law offers an alternative path toward resolving custody and divorce issues.

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