Why Collaborative Divorce is a Good Option for Divorcing Parents
Growing quickly in popularity, collaborative divorce is an alternative dispute resolution method for divorcing couples who do not wish to have their case litigated in court. This method of divorce is particularly helpful in cases where parents are divorcing with one or more minor children involved. At the law office of Blair H. Chan, III, our Tampa divorce lawyers are prepared to represent your interests in a collaborative divorce and explain why this method may be best for your case. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
An Interdisciplinary Approach
One of the most significant benefits of collaborative divorce is its interdisciplinary approach to managing the issues that must be settled in any divorce case. For families with minor children, this often involves questions of child custody, visitation, and support. Using the collaborative divorce method your attorneys, a neutral facilitator, and outside experts come together to create a parenting plan and evaluate potential solutions to issues in the fairest and most effective manner. It is important to note that these outside experts do not have any decision making authority in a collaborative divorce case. They are present simply to help evaluate and suggest solutions, but the ultimate decisions and collaboration must come from the couple navigating the divorce.
Focus on Collaboration
Unlike traditional, litigated divorce in a courtroom, collaborative divorce focuses on the couple coming together to resolve their outstanding issues. Litigated divorce does the exact opposite, pitting each spouse against one another and fighting over every issue. Collaborative divorce minimizes the conflict and fosters solutions that work for each spouse, the children, and fits your unique family circumstances. For family issues like custody and visitation, the children may even be involved in the collaborative process if they are old and mature enough to communicate their wishes for the family. The ultimate goal is not to win or lose, but finding an answer that works for everyone.
Fostering Good Communication for the Future
Finally, collaborative divorce fosters good communication practices between the parents for the future. Even though a marriage is ending, the couple must still communicate about their children and co-parent for the foreseeable future. Collaborative divorce encourages communication between the spouses and creates a foundation for future productive discussion when it comes to important issues regarding their parenting decisions. Traditional divorce does the exact opposite and encourages spouses to cut all communication with one another. This can create problems in the future once the divorce is finalized and the parents must try to communicate effectively after such an acrimonious process.
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If you and your spouse are filing for divorce but want to explore other alternative methods to settle your case outside of the courtroom, collaborative divorce may be right for you. To learn more and to speak with a knowledgeable Florida divorce attorney, call or contact the law office of Blair H. Chan, III in Tampa today to schedule a free consultation.