What is a Collaborative Divorce in Florida?

Boca Raton Family Law Attorney

When people think of divorce, they may often imagine a contentious couple battling it out in the court room. However, many divorcing couples are able to handle all of their matters without the need for litigation. This can be accomplished through negotiations, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution tactics, and this can save a couple time, energy, money, and stress.

One option for couples in Florida who wish to stay out of a court is to have a collaborative divorce. In a collaborative divorce, both spouses and their respective lawyers agree to avoid litigation and come to a settlement agreement without court intervention. All of the parties and attorneys must sign this agreement and must adhere to it throughout the entire divorce process. If either party attempts to litigate any matter, the lawyer must withdraw and may no longer participate in the case.

The Collaborative Divorce Process

If a couple decides to pursue a collaborative divorce, they should each select an experienced attorney to have on their side. After the agreement is signed, the couple and their lawyers will have several sessions together to discuss important matter such as:

In a collaborative divorce, both spouses must disclose everything and be completely transparent. This keeps the process very open and gives both spouses a greater degree of control over the settlement and their future. This also keeps spouses from going behind one another's backs or using deceptive tactics to get what they want. The hope is that this transparency will minimize resentment and keep good communication between the couple following the divorce, especially if they have to continue to communicate regarding children or other matters.

If the couple is having a difficult time getting along or communicating, other professionals may be brought it to assist with the process. Such professionals may include counselors, family psychologists, or other facilitators or experts. Additionally, throughout the process, the attorneys will use tactics and strategies to encourage cooperation and discourage confrontation.

Many couples find that alternative dispute resolutions such as collaborative divorce make the divorce process less painful. However, couples should be realistic when considering their options. If they strongly believe that they will not be able to come to an agreement, litigation may be the only option. An attorney can help you decide what option is best for you and your particular situation.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Family Lawyer for Help

Divorce is never easy, though an experienced and dedicated family attorney can help walk you through every step of the process and make it as harmless as possible. Whether or not you and your spouse can come to an agreement out of court, it is always important to have a lawyer who will provide zealous representation. Alan R. Burton has extensive experience in all family law matters and is dedicated to protecting clients' interests both in and out of court. Contact our office today for assistance at 954-295-9222.