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Many people seek a collaborative divorce in an effort to reduce the time, expense and stress associated with ending a marriage. Collaborative law has another benefit to Florida spouses who share children. The process of negotiating the terms of a divorce through collaboration offers a training ground for spouses who will transition into co-parenting roles.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the role that each party plays in the life of each shared child. Respecting and supporting the relationship that one's soon-to-be ex has with each child is critical to remaining focused on the best interests of the children. When parents start off from a position of mutual respect, co-parenting tends to go much smoother than when a divorce centers on anger and bitterness.

For many spouses, it helps to reframe the way that each party sees the other. Instead of being husband and wife, parents are now more like business partners. They share an interest in raising a child who is healthy and well-adjusted. To that end, they must be willing to work together, compromise and find creative solutions to problems as they arise.

Collaborative law offers training in all of these approaches and so much more. For Florida spouses who are able and willing to try a unique approach, a collaborative divorce can be a great way to transition from a romantic partnership into a co-parenting one. At the end of the day, most parents agree that the health and well-being of their shared children is of the utmost importance, and collaborative law helps keep the focus on that shared goal.

Source:, "Putting Together a Co-Parenting Plan", Armin Brott, Jan. 23, 2018

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