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Destin Collaborative Divorce Lawyers

Helping Divorcing Couples in Destin Find Common Ground

The nature of divorce suggests an inherent conflict between spouses. As a result, divorces usually involve some degree of disagreement. When spouses express stark dissent with each other on practically every relevant issue to effectuate a divorce, the litigation process can become an excruciatingly drawn-out battle.

Conversely, when spouses initiate their divorce with a common understanding and general receptiveness to their differing viewpoints, they can take advantage of a unique opportunity to make a clean break from their marriage. In such situations, the parties should seriously consider a collaborative divorce.

If you are going through a divorce and want to explore the possibility of utilizing a collaborative process for establishing your duties and responsibilities, you should consult an experienced attorney who can confidently advise you on collaborative divorces. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we have more than four decades of experience in family law matters, including collaborative divorce. Florida residents and their families can benefit from the knowledge and skill our collaborative attorneys offer in promoting a fair resolution to their divorce while preserving healthy relationships.

To find out whether collaborative divorce is right for you, call us at (800) 822-5170 for a case evaluation with one of our accomplished attorneys.

The Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is an alternative dispute resolution process where the parties voluntarily work together toward mutual compromise on critical issues without judicial intervention. Where the conventional divorce process calls for attorneys who zealously advocate their clients’ interests – often at the expense of that of the other party – collaborative attorneys work as a team that prioritizes private settlement over scoring a “win” for their clients. The collaborative divorce process gives spouses a chance to retain healthy familial relationships – a prospect that is particularly beneficial in cases involving minor children.

The Collaborate Divorce Process

The collaborative divorce process begins with a “participation agreement” that underscores the primary purpose of reaching a private settlement. The parties to a collaborative divorce participation agreement acknowledge that their attorneys may not represent them in any related subsequent litigation, should they fall short of settling.

Key provisions of a participation agreement include:

  • A summary of the issues to be addressed;
  • A statement that the parties will cooperatively disclose any information relevant to resolving the issues;
  • A declaration of commitment to the collaborative process;
  • A promise not to litigate during the process; and
  • A promise to negotiate in good faith.

The collaborative divorce process also relies on the participation of witness-like professionals such as financial experts and mental health specialists. Together, these experts join the parties’ attorneys as an effective team for facilitating cooperation and settlement. When the parties reach an agreement on the terms of their divorce, those terms are finalized in a settlement agreement and brought before the court. The court then ratifies those terms when issuing a final divorce decree and any associated orders.

If you are ready to explore the opportunities presented by the collaborative divorce process, contact our Destin collaborative divorce attorneys at The Virga Law Firm P.A today.
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