At one point, you loved and cherished each other. The "'til death do us part" didn't last, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your marriage without the same respect you entered it.
Enter collaborative divorce.
Some Florida residents have decided that working out an agreement with their soon-to-be ex-spouses is much better than winding up in litigation in divorce court.
But just what is a collaborative divorce?
It's a way to split up by working out an agreement about important things such as child custody and property division mostly on your own. Even if you can't come to 100 percent agreement and need a bit of help in some areas, you can agree to a mediator to help with your collaborative divorce and reach a final settlement.
Do you still need an attorney?
In a collaborative divorce, the two parties will hire their own attorneys to help finalize the agreement. These attorneys have training in collaborative law and can help bring together differing views.
Some other professionals might join in the process, such as accountants or specialists in custody.
Once you reach an agreement, you eventually will make a brief appearance in family court for a judge to sign off on the paperwork and the settlement. After that, the rest of the divorce process is uncontested and simple.
What are the benefits?
By going through a collaborative divorce, you can keep your divorce friendly. You will voluntarily exchange information without depositions. You can agree on how issues after your divorce will be handled in a civilized manner. Your streamlined legal proceedings will cut way down on costs.
The collaborative divorce approach might not be for every Floridian, but if you and your spouse are on friendly terms, it's sure worth a try.