Collaborative Divorce is a non-adversarial process where people agree to negotiate in good faith and work together to achieve mutual settlement outside the courts. A family facing divorce can agree to work with a team of professionals to meet the legal, financial, and emotional needs of everyone – husband, wife, and children – rather than turn your most intimate matters over to a court to decide for you . When should you consider a collaborative divorce instead of a traditional litigated divorce?
- When you want control over the outcome, and you are willing to participate in finding a solution that works for the whole family – for parenting plans, child support, alimony, equitable distribution of your assets, and more;
- When you either need or want a continuing relationship – because of shared children, shared businesses, or other shared family issues;
- When resources matter, and you are concerned about how much divorce will cost, how long it will take, and how much time and energy you will use – not to mention the stress and lost opportunities while you deal with the courts;
- When privacy matters;
- When you can’t get what you need in a court.
In a collaborative divorce you have a team of professionals working with you.
A collaborative lawyer can represent your interest while working collaboratively with the other lawyer to help you articulate your interests, find solutions to parenting, equitable distribution, child support, and alimony that meet your needs, and prepare legal documents and settlement agreements that protect your interests.
A collaborative financial specialist helps you gather and organize information you need in order to reach a fair settlement that protects you. The financial expert helps you find creative financial solutions for dividing your assets and debts that you might not otherwise consider.
A collaborative mental health specialist helps you and your children deal with the emotional aspects of divorce. Working as a coach, therapist, or child specialist, this licensed mental health professional helps you communicate in ways that lowers anxieties and identifies possible solutions so you can focus on the future instead of bogging down in the present.
Collaborative divorce isn’t right for everyone, but it is a viable alternative to traditional divorce. You should consider whether this therapeutic alternative will work for your family. You can find out more information at http://www.collaborativepractice.com. You can also find a list of collaborative professionals in Northeast Florida at www.thecollaborativegroup.com.