Collaborative Divorce in Orlando, FL
As of July 1, 2017, collaborative divorce is now an option for couples in Florida. The collaborative approach isn’t right for every couple, but those whom it may suit should certainly consider it as a viable alternative to a divorce trial.
How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?
Collaborative divorce is all about voluntarily establishing the terms of your divorce. It is designed to facilitate cooperation between you and your spouse, rather than pit you against each other as divorce litigation tends to do. In fact, one of the reasons it is so appealing to many couples and families is that it is less about winning and more about solving problems together, and professionals are present to help you make every important decision for the benefit of everyone involved.
In a collaborative divorce, you work out important issues like child support, property division, and alimony with the help of your lawyers in 4-way meetings. In cases where there is significant disagreement or where negotiations have not gone well, your attorneys will bring in a mediator or, in some cases, a licensed professional who can weigh in on the issue at hand, such as social workers, child psychologists, financial advisors, and more.
Benefits of a Collaborative Approach to Divorce
- Speed: Since it allows you to circumnavigate the court system, your divorce is likely to be faster and more efficient, allowing you to move on and start fresh sooner.
- Cost: This nearly court-free approach could also save you thousands of dollars in legal fees, court fees, and other hefty expenses involved in divorce litigation.
- Relational Preservation: The competition and adversarial nature of divorce litigation can obliterate any possibility for cordiality and cooperation thereafter. This is very important for couples who must interact after divorce and make decisions about their children’s well-being and upbringing.
- Positive Outcome for Children: In addition to preserving amicability between divorced parents, the collaborative approach is also highly beneficial for children involved. The expert professional team involved is there in no small part to ensure your children do not pay a needlessly high cost as a result of your divorce. They are also there to ensure the agreed-upon child custody and support terms are actually beneficial for the children, not just “do-able” for parents.
- Control: The collaborative approach allows you and your spouse to determine how quickly you want your divorce to move. This way, the pace of your divorce is not decided by the courts or any other third party, but by you and the members of your own family.
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Before any of this happens, you and your spouse must hire your respective legal representatives. If you wish to divorce as amicably as possible and are willing to reasonably negotiate your terms, it is important to avoid hiring an attorney who will be so “tough” that they tank your chances of achieving positive, mutually agreed-upon outcome. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we pride ourselves on being exactly the kind of family and divorce lawyers you need, no matter what that looks like.
Interested in trying the collaborative approach to divorce? Schedule your initial consultation with our lawyers today: 407-512-0887.