Divorce: Collaborative Dissolution of Marriage in Florida
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Although the end of a marriage is commonly sad, it is not unusual that spouses come together and wish to dissolve their marriage in an amicable manner. The decision to dissolve a marriage in an amicable manner can speed the process and save the parties tens of thousands in protracted divorce legal fees.
A collaborative dissolution is a voluntary dispute resolution process that can begin at any time before or after a party files a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court. In the collaborative process, both parties and their attorneys sign a collaborative participation agreement that describes the nature and scope of the matter; the parties voluntarily disclose all relevant and material information; the parties use good faith efforts to negotiate; and the parties may share mental health and financial professionals to assist with the negotiations.
The goal of the collaborative process is for the parties to arrive at a settlement agreement on all issues, which may include a parenting plan, division of their assets and debts, alimony, child support, and attorney’s fees and costs.
In the event that the collaborative process is unsuccessful the parties must discharge the attorneys that they used for the collaborative process, and discharge all joint hired professionals, and then begin the contested dissolution process with the court.
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