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Different avenues for collaborative law divorce with same outcome

In 2002, a movie highlighted the difficulties of a marriage between two different cultures. The main character of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" recently announced that she and her husband of 25 years -- and on whose marriage the movie was based -- are seeking a type of collaborative law divorce. This alternative dispute resolution option is gaining in popularity in Florida and across the country.  

Collaborative law provides a less adversarial divorce approach

Over the past several years, there has been a change in the way that some couples are seeking to end their marriages. In those situations where the two parties are in agreement that they wish to avoid a prolonged court battle, a collaborative law solution might meet their needs better than a traditional divorce proceeding. Several states have enacted laws that guide the practice, including Florida.

Collaborative law worth considering for many divorces

The prospect of seeking a divorce likely comes with visions of protracted court battles and significant expenses. For some couples, there may be another option through collaborative law. While this is not the most common divorce option, it is a viable option for many Florida residents.

Collaborative law can ease divorce process for all parties

The decision to end a marriage is usually only made after serious consideration. The process to obtain that divorce is often an emotionally and financially draining experience for the entire family. Florida residents who have decided that a divorce is the best choice for their current circumstances may seek more information on how a collaborative law approach could ease the process.

Collaborative law can offer a path to better co-parenting

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.

Tips for moving through the collaborative law process

For many Florida spouses, the idea of a collaborative divorce is appealing. Some spouses wish to limit their legal fees, while others are hoping to foster a sense of collaboration that will extend into the co-parenting relationship. Regardless of one's reason for attempting a collaborative law approach, it's important to go into that process fully prepared. The following tips can help Florida spouses make the most of collaboration.

Collaborative law can be a great fit for Florida families

Many Florida couples are looking for a non-traditional path to ending their marriage. Long gone are the days when divorce followed a very narrow path. Today's couples have many choices when it comes to processing the end of a marriage, including collaborative law. This approach harnesses the best intentions of both parties toward seeking a mutually beneficial settlement.

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.

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