What is collaborative divorce?

The divorce process can be one that is filled with tension and animosity. In many cases, Floridians simply cannot come together to effectively resolve many divorce legal issues, including property division, child custody, and spousal support. A lot of the conflict found throughout marriage dissolution can be attributed to a loss of trust between the parties involved, but not all couples want to go head-to-head over every single legal issue they are forced to confront.

This is why collaborative divorce may be a viable option for many individuals. This type of marriage dissolution utilizes a form of alternative dispute resolution that focuses on ending the relationship on amicable terms. The parties and their attorneys in this process seek to work together to come to fair resolutions. To adhere to the spirit of collaborative divorce, the parties involved often sign collaborative participation agreements. These agreements can describe the process, the scope of the proceedings, and dictate that the parties are to disclose all information that is relevant to the marriage dissolution.

The collaborative divorce process can be successful for those who are open to having open and honest conversations about the legal issues they are facing. This process is usually best suited to those couples who are still able to have effective communication with one another and who generally want what is best for both parties. Collaborative divorce is often worth a try, as a failed collaborative divorce will simply send the case back to the courts for litigation purposes. Of course, a failed collaborative divorce will still cost the parties time and money.

Although collaborative divorce can be a great option for some couples, including those who are going through a gray divorce, it isn't right for everyone. Therefore, those who are interested in considering this option may benefit from discussing the matter with an experienced family law attorney.

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