Collaborative divorce is for parties who want to effectively navigate the many complicated financial issues and best protect their children from emotional damage of divorce.
All attorneys at Tampa Bay Divorce Firm, are trained and prepared to represent you in a collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce is a conflict resolution process which does not rely on the Court to resolve your case. Instead, collaborative divorce creates an atmosphere of honesty, teamwork, truthfulness and proficiency geared toward the future well-being of the entire family.
Both parties retain a separate divorce attorney that is specially trained in collaborative divorce. The attorneys and parties then work together to select the other collaborative professionals: a neutral financial professional and a neutral mental health professional. These collaborative professionals are incorporated to help with emotional, financial, or parenting issues. The parties, attorneys, financial professional, and mental health professional make up the collaborative team.
The entire collaborative team then works together to reach a fair agreement without Court intervention. A series of collaborative team meetings are held to work towards a resolution of all issues, including parenting decisions, division of marital assets and liabilities, alimony, and child support. During these meetings, the team strives to remain respectful, setting aside the inclination to blame and resisting the urge to rehash past distresses. Each lawyer advocates for his or her client while ensuring that all needs are heard.
Once an agreement is reached, the attorneys draft the written agreement and file it with the Court. This holds all parties accountable. One of the many benefits of collaborative divorce is that you have created the agreement yourselves—it wasn’t forced on you—so you’re both more likely to abide by it.
If during the collaborative process, the parties instead decide that the Court must decide the issues in the case, the collaborative attorneys are disqualified from continuing representation in the case and each party must hire a new attorney to move forward in court.