St. Petersburg Collaborative Divorce Attorney
by Jerome C. Williams, Jr. on 06/11/16
WHAT IS A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
Most people think of a divorce as a heated courtroom argument between two parties who cannot agree on anything. While this is a common scenario, contrary to popular belief, divorce is not always such a disputed process. Many divorces can be achieved outside of the courtroom between two spouses who are willing to work out their own agreements through negotiation. A process otherwise known as a collaborative divorce.
In a Collaborative Divorce, each spouse hires an attorney and then all four of those individuals, clients and lawyers alike, sign a Collaborative Divorce Agreement that prohibits litigation of the divorce case. The Agreement requires that the parties negotiate until they successfully settle their divorce and then, only after a settlement is reached, is the matter filed with the Court.
Should one of the parties elect to leave the collaboration, then both parties must go through the trouble and expense of retaining a new attorney, as their collaborative attorneys are prohibited from representing them in a contested divorce action. The collaborative approach to a divorce allows the parties and their attorneys to focus on developing win-win solutions to the items in dispute. Be it a Parenting Plan, Equitable Distribution issue, Alimony or any other aspect of their case, the parties meet jointly to work on resolving those issues to the best interest of both of the parties and their children, in any.
Once the case is settled and the Marital Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan have been executed, then the documents are filed with the Court and the Court can then dissolve the marriage after a quick five minute hearing.
BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE
Since collaborative divorce does not require litigation, it is a much faster and less-expensive method of dissolving a marriage. Contested divorce cases must rely on the court’s schedule and availability, which can significantly draw out the time frame of the divorce. Should experts be needed, such as a CPA, or a real estate appraiser, or children’s expert, the parties and their attorneys agree to hire a single expert to assist in their area of expertise. This avoids the time and expense of each party having their own expert battling for their client’s position.
Another primary benefit to a Collaborative Divorce is the serious reduction in the hostility, anger, stress and anxiety of the contested divorce process. In a Collaborative Divorce the parties work together to develop solutions on issues without the hostility and anger that comes from having to pound on the other side to get their way. Collaborative Divorce is called “The Peaceful Alternative to Divorce” for good reason.
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Contact us today for further information about collaborative divorce! Our legal team focuses on client care and can gladly answer any questions that you may have. We practice primarily in family law, so you can have confidence in our knowledge and experience. We limit the number of cases we handle at any given time so that we can provide our full attention to each case. We also understand that each case is unique and requires an equally unique approach. Call today to schedule your free, initial case evaluation and discuss your case directly with an attorney (888) 813-5897!