What Is Collaborative Divorce?

The unfortunate reality of the divorce process is that it is set up as an adversarial relationship in our court system. In a typical divorce, each spouse hires an attorney and they battle it out until a settlement is reached. Sometimes this happens quickly through mediation, but often it is dragged out in the courts and a judge decides your future. This usually results in bitterness between the parties, high attorney fees, and a broken parental relationship in which the children are affected. It does not have to be this way!NCDlogo

A new divorce process is being embraced by the family law division of the courts called “collaborative divorce”. In collaborative divorce, the parties are in control of the process, not the attorneys or the courts. Each spouse hires an attorney who agrees in writing to cooperate with the other attorney. If the negotiations break down, they sign in writing to withdraw from the case and cannot continue to the court. Because of this, it is in everyone’s best interest to settle the case as quickly and painlessly as possible. In addition, the divorce team consists of a neutral mental health professional to facilite each meeting and keep emotions in check and a neutral financial professional ensures an equitable settlement for both spouses.

I am proud to announce that Pope Finanical Planning in afflilation with Professional Resolution Center (www.professionalresolutioncenter.com) have started the first collaborative divorce practice in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas. Our goal is to keep the process as peaceful as possible and have a positive outcome for both parties. After the divorce, it is vital for the children that the family unit remains intact. Collaborative divorce can be the solution you have been looking for. You do not need to battle it out in the courts….there is a better way!

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