What Is Collaborative Divorce? Why Should You Consider It?
Divorce is about finalizing one life chapter and starting another. We have found that many families embrace the collaborative divorce process because it is approached in the spirit of wisdom, parity and cooperation – helping all parties to move on to their new life more seamlessly.
A collaborative divorce makes it possible to sit down as a team with trusted advisers and mutually agree on the best outcomes. A mental health professional helps guide the process. Both parties of the divorce come to the table with amicability in mind, agreeing beforehand that avoiding litigation or a trial is the desired outcome.
Unlike divorce the old-fashioned way, the advisers and attorneys work together, and contention takes a back seat. Decisions fair to both parties are made together, not after days of arguing in front of a judge in a courtroom.
Many prefer the confidentiality of this process and find it may also be the most cost-effective path. Most attest that it is a more peaceful approach to what can be the most emotional event of your life.
Your collaborative team includes your own attorney, a neutral financial professional and a neutral mental health professional. This method can be especially welcoming when children are involved.
At N. Diane Holmes, P.A. Family Law Group, we can assist clients who want to explore the collaborative divorce option. Ms. Holmes pioneered the effort to introduce collaborative divorce to the region. She went on to be a founding board member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida and one of its strongest advocates. Ms. Malec is very highly experienced in successfully resolving matters in the collaborative process.
This option is growing in popularity because it lends itself to a caring environment and gives parties a sense of camaraderie instead of controversy.
If you are interested in learning how this may be the best option for your family, please contact us.