What is it?
Collaborative Divorce is an alternative to traditional divorce. It is an approach that resolves separation outside of the courtroom with the support of a well rounded team of professionals to help you both meet your goals of a respectful, collaborative divorce. The process is a time efficient and cost effective way to minimize impact of conflict on both of you and your children. The group of professionals offers support and guidance needed to dissolve the marriage amicably so you both can begin the next chapter of your life.
The Collaborative process includes a team of professionals who work with the family to transition from the marriage peacefully. This includes a Mental Health Professional (Mental Health Neutral), Attorney (each party is represented by his/her attorney), and a Financial Expert (Financial Neutral).
Why should I go Collaborative vs court?
The team of professionals have a common goal, to help YOU come to the best decision that works for your family post divorce. We realize that you know your family best and therefore the decision should remain within your control, not the court. The Mental health facilitator serves as the expert that helps facilitate the process o help both parties come to resolution in their best interest and that of children who may be involved. The attorneys provide legal guidance and support for the client to remain fully informed of what their options are. The financial Neutral serves as the expert to help the parties make well informed financial decisions for the present and future. Together, this dynamic team offers a different way to divorce, a peaceful opportunity to move forward.
Statistics on Collaborative Divorce in Florida
There are over 500 collaboratively trained professionals in the state of Florida.
84% of cases took less than 6 months
Eighty–six percent (86%) of all reported Collaborative cases settled with an agreement on all issues.
53% of cases had a total cost of 20,000 or less per client, of the difficult or very difficult cases, 62% cost 37,500 or less per client.