The prospect of filing for a divorce may conjure images of cold courtrooms, harried judges and warring spouses. However, recently there has been an effort to revise the approach that many couples take when choosing to end a potentially unhappy marriage. Collaborative law divorces may allow Florida residents an opportunity to untie the knot without becoming completely undone emotionally and financially.

Several celebrity couples have publicly advocated for a less hostile ending of a marriage for the sake of their children and their own emotional well-being. In many situations, a couple may be ideal candidates for seeking a divorce through a form of mediation. This approach to divorce is moderated by a neutral mediator who helps a couple work through the details of their dissolution without the animosity that may accompany the end of a relationship.

Couples who choose this form of divorce work together to discuss how to parent their children and how to divide their assets in the most equitable manner while meeting their individual needs. Once an agreement has been worked out, each spouse may choose to have the agreement reviewed by an experienced attorney. Once the settlement has been approved by each side, the divorce is filed with the court.

Though this type of divorce is often quicker and much less expensive, it might not be a viable alternative for every couple. If the two parties are unable to work together, or if domestic abuse is an issue, then a traditional divorce might be more appropriate. Florida residents who are seeking to end a marriage but wish to avoid the bitterness that can come with litigation may benefit from exploring the options afforded by a collaborative law approach. An attorney who is experienced in the area can provide a person with advice and assistance throughout every step of the process.