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Collaborative Divorce

Many people intrigued by the concept of mediation are unwilling or hesitant to proceed without an attorney, even with a neutral mediator present. Collaborative law offers a cooperative forum and yet retains the protections of individual representation. Contact an attorney experienced in collaborative law at our firm today to discuss your case.

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Collaborative Divorce

The most significant developments in collaborative law have been in the family law arena. In fact, many people talking about "collaborative law" are actually referring to collaborative divorce. If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of collaborative divorce, contact The Law Offices of Jerome P. Ventura, P.A. in Pembroke Pines, FL to speak with an attorney experienced in collaborative law.

How it works

In the collaborative family law model, parties and their attorneys work together to achieve win-win solutions. The parties sign an agreement that sets out how the process will work and promise to work together in good faith to resolve their divorce. Nearly all negotiations take place in a series of four-way meetings with the parties and their attorneys. These meetings also may include experts, such as child behaviorists, depending upon the specific issue to be addressed.

The parties agree to exchange all necessary information openly so that discovery costs are minimized. If the parties are simply unable to resolve their issues, they may still resort to a traditional divorce. In order to do so they must retain new lawyers, and, unless both parties consent, the information brought to light during the collaborative process may not be used in the courtroom.

Partial agreements

In some instances, parties are able to resolve some, but not all, of the disputes at issue in their divorce. In this case, the parties may:

  • Opt to end the process and begin again
  • Decide to sign a partial agreement and then go to court to resolve the remaining issues
  • Elect to hire a mediator to help them resolve the remaining issues
  • Submit the unresolved issues to an arbitrator
  • Have previously chosen in their collaborative stipulation a procedure for bringing individual, discrete issues before the court for decision, while proceeding with the collaborative divorce on the rest of the case

Even in cases that are not completely settled, many participants of the collaborative process find that costs are reduced, time is shortened and the negative fall-out of the adversarial process is dramatically decreased.

Speak to a collaborative law attorney

Divorce is always difficult. However, many attorneys and clients agree that the collaborative divorce approach greatly decreases the potential for negative outcomes. Contact The Law Offices of Jerome P. Ventura, P.A. in Pembroke Pines, FL, to learn more about this unique approach to divorce.

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