Understanding the collaborative divorce process

Divorce is never easy, especially considering the nature of the legal process in Florida. Thankfully, you can make it a little easier through the use of certain methods, one of which is collaborative divorce.

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce is an alternative to the traditional, adversarial legal process. It is a process in which both parties work together with their attorneys to reach a resolution that is mutually agreeable.

The collaborative divorce process can be a great way to avoid the stress and expense of litigation. It also allows you and your spouse to have more control over the outcome of your divorce.

What are the steps of the collaborative divorce process?

The first step is to meet with your attorney to discuss the possibility of pursuing a collaborative divorce. If you and your spouse are both in agreement, you will each retain a family law attorney.

You and your spouse will then meet with your attorneys to begin the negotiation process. The goal is to reach an agreement on all aspects of your divorce, such as child custody, property division and spousal support.

If you are able to reach an agreement, your attorneys will draft a settlement agreement that will be submitted to the court for approval. If you are not able to reach an agreement, the collaborative divorce process will end and you will have to pursue other options, such as mediation or litigation.

The collaborative divorce process has worked for many couples who want to avoid the stress and expense of litigation. It is a process that you should consider particularly if you and your spouse are in agreement on the terms of your divorce. Although it may need a little effort from both of you, the process can be well worth it in the end.