You might think we’re crazy to suggest that during a divorce you need to work together because, well, you’re getting divorced, right? Wrong. Let us introduce to you, collaborative law. It might be an extremely viable option for you!

Collaborative Law? How Can a Divorce be “Collaborative”?

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is essentially a team approach in a divorce case where both spouses, their respective attorneys, a mental health neutral, and a financial neutral work together towards settlement.

Why Collaborative in a Divorce Case?

You may be thinking, why in the world would I want to be part of a team with my future ex? How can a divorce be collaborative anyhow?

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 has been finalized, ex-spouses will still need to work and communicate with one another to co-parent their minor child or children.

What Are Some Benefits of Collaborative Law?

One of the main benefits of Collaborative Law is that spouses agree at the beginning of the case to be open and honest in disclosing information and documents related to the case. Another benefit in Collaborative Law is that in agreeing to the Collaborative Process, spouses agree to avoid litigation and to instead resolve matters within the Collaborative Team in an amicable fashion. This allows the opportunity to avoid unnecessary litigation and to avoid the costs associated with seeking relief from a court. Additionally, another added benefit to the Collaborative Process is that often times, emotional aspects of a case can be addressed and resolved in ways that may be unavailable through traditional litigation.

Through the Collaborative Process, a mental health neutral can prove to be extremely beneficial when emotional barriers prevent settlement and can even help to resolve the most difficult parenting issues.

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.

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 lot of psychology goes into the Collaborative Process to make it successful, including room setup, seating, and even phrases used during joint meeting.

For more information about the Collaborative Process or for family law here in Orlando, be sure to contact one of our attorneys at 407-757-2883. You can also visit The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida page at http://cfl-cfl.com/.