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How to know if collaborative divorce is a good option

When couples in Fort Meyers decide to divorce, emotions can run high. Ending the married life people shared with someone they loved at some point in time is not easy. That is why sometimes the divorce process can be so contentious. People are not just dealing with the logistics of separating their lives, they are also dealing with the emotional side. However, divorce does not need to be a big fight. There are ways in which people can end their marriages peacefully and amicably.

One of the options is one that is unique and the opposite of the litigation process. It is called collaborative divorce and requires all parties to work together to resolve the issues in the divorce. This includes both spouses’ attorneys as well.

Basics of the collaborative divorce process

There are also experts involved, such as a mental health expert and a financial expert, to assist the couple in determining a fair resolution. The idea is that everyone will be working toward something that both parties agree to and is ultimately a fair outcome given the circumstances. People are not trying to get the best possible outcome just for themselves and the attorneys are not acting only to get the best possible outcome just for their clients.

This process is not for everyone though and people need to understand what they are giving up by going through the process. If the process breaks down, people need to get new attorneys to represent them and essentially are starting over. So, people need to be willing to work together and compromise. If there is abuse in the relationship or neither spouse is willing to concede anything, this process will not work.

There are many benefits to the collaborative divorce process as opposed to traditional divorces in Florida, which involve litigation. People may ultimately be happier with the results from the process as opposed to living with a decision from a judge. Consulting with an experienced attorney trained in collaborative law could help people understand the process better and determine if it is right for them.