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How much do you know about alternatives to traditional divorce?

When a couple decides there is no turning back from a divorce, they will inevitably find themselves at something of a crossroads as to how they want to proceed. Do they want to save time, money and energy? Do they want to make things easier for their children? Do they want to preserve their family-run business?

If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then it's likely the spouses will want to consider alternatives to divorce, including collaborative divorce.

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce is essentially a process in which the two spouses agree to come together outside of a courtroom to work together to resolve issues like property division, alimony, child custody and child support.

Here, each spouse retains their own specially-trained attorney, and these two attorneys work to facilitate a productive dialogue and arrive at mutually acceptable solutions.

Are other parties involved?

Outside of the two spouses and their attorneys, a neutral financial professional may be retained to compile and present a single unbiased picture of the couple's finances -- both assets and debts -- that can be used as a starting point for discussions about property division, alimony and even child support.

Similarly, a neutral mental health professional may be retained to help guide the couple through some of their undoubtedly strong emotions and to reinforce the benefits of working together. Here, this can help pave the way for productive conversations about parenting and, by extension, child custody.

We'll continue this discussion in our next post, examining the advantages of collaborative divorce -- particularly as it relates to family-owned businesses -- and how the process itself was recently codified by Florida lawmakers.

In the meantime, if you have questions relating to collaborative divorce or traditional divorce, or would simply like to learn more about a divorce-related issue, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional.     

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