What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is a team approach in a divorce case where both spouses, their respective attorneys, a mental health neutral, and a neutral financial work together towards settlement. By involving third parties advocates trained in collaboration, your divorce may be less complicated and more amicable than you imagined.  

Why Be Collaborative in a Divorce Case?

You may be thinking, “There is no way I’m working as a team during my divorce – why in the world would I want to be part of a team with my future ex?”

There are many benefits to Collaborative Law, especially in cases where there are minor children involved.

One of the most important things to keep in mind during a divorce case is that even after a divorce is finalized, ex-spouses will still need to work and communicate with one another to co-parent their minor child or children.

What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Law?

One of the main benefits of Collaborative Law is you keep the power to decide what the best interests of your divorce are, not a judge. 

This avoids unnecessary litigation and avoids the costs of seeking relief from a court by resolving matters within the Collaborative Team in an amicable fashion. 

Additionally, a case’s emotional aspects can be addressed and resolved in ways that may be unavailable through traditional litigation with the Collaborative Process.

Through the Collaborative Process, a mental health neutral is exceptionally beneficial when emotional barriers prevent settlement and help resolve difficult parenting issues.

How Does Collaborative Law Work? 

The key to a successful Collaborative Process is for spouses to work together with the professional team to discuss settlement options that are agreeable to both parties. This is achieved when spouses consent at the beginning of the case to be open and honest in disclosing information and documents related to the case.

With Collaborative Law, spouses often feel more emotionally and financially satisfied with the outcome obtained, knowing that each party agreed to open and honest disclosure of information and documentation. More importantly, spouses can often walk away from a divorce and remain friends. A great deal of psychology is incorporated into the Collaborative Process to make it successful, including room setup, seating, and even phrases used during joint meetings.

For more information about the Collaborative Process or family law guidance in Orlando, contact an attorney at Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group at 407-757-2883 or email us. Not all attorneys are trained in collaborative law. We are trained in collaborative law, and we are #HereForYou.