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.
Timing is everything when it comes to divorce and custody. Even couples who are committed to taking a collaborative approach still struggle with issues related to timing. One example lies in determining the best time to file for divorce and to discuss the matter with the kids.
Some parents feel that summer vacation is the ideal time to broach the subject, as there may be more time to spend one-on-one, working through a child's emotional reaction to the change in family structure. Others, however, feel that the school year provides more structure and increased time for parents to handle legal matters. No matter when parents decide to sit down with their children, the most important thing is that they are both on the same page prior to beginning that process.
At the heart of collaborative law lies a shared commitment to working through these and other issues as a team. For parents in Florida who are preparing to divorce, timing issues should be addressed early in that process. Collaborative law is a great way for both sides to sit down together and discuss various options, with the shared goal of placing the best interests of their children at the center of the divorce process.
Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Secrets For A Child-Centered Divorce", Bari Zell Weinberger, Feb. 24, 2017