What is Collaborative Divorce in Florida | Divorce Law

Collaborative Divorce Attorney

At Klein Law Group in Boca Raton, our experienced collaborative divorce lawyers can help you through the collaborative divorce process with a focus on positive outcomes that protect your best interests and rights. Collaborative divorce in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is an innovative method for resolving disputes during proceedings, with a commitment by all parties not to litigate the case in court.

In a collaborative divorce, the parties each have an attorney to represent their rights and interests, but both parties and attorneys enter into an agreement from the outset of the process that commits them to resolve all issues related to the divorce without the need of court intervention.  This agreement to keep the case out of court is binding, and if the parties cannot reach a settlement, the attorneys agree to withdraw from the case.

The process of collaborative divorce offers numerous benefits over other types of divorce.  If you are considering a collaborative divorce in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale, it is best to retain the services of an experienced attorney that can provide you with solid legal guidance and representation, as well as one that thoroughly understands and embraces the process.  At Klein Law Group, we offer compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.  We help you get through the process as easily and quickly as possible, thereby reducing stress and conflict.

Free Collaborative Divorce Consultation in Boca Raton

We offer free collaborative divorce consultations in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, servicing all areas of South Florida.  During your no-cost, no-obligation consultation, you can learn more about the advantages of a collaborative divorce and can get the information you need to decide if the process is right for you.

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For additional information in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, call the Boca Raton at Klein Law Group at 561-367-5166 or fill out the form on the side of this page and one of our experienced divorce lawyers will call you.

Divorce gives you the freedom to start fresh.  At Klein Law Group, our divorce lawyers in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are dedicated to helping you move forward with confidence.

Florida Collaborative Divorce FAQs

If you decide that you want to pursue a collaborative divorce, the first step in the process is to meet with an attorney that is experienced in the process. Both you and your spouse need to retain your own attorney throughout the process to provide the legal guidance, support and representation you need. Once you have chosen attorneys, both parties and their attorneys enter into a binding agreement that stipulates that everyone will work collaboratively together to reach an agreement without the need for judicial intervention.

The couple, along with representation from their attorneys, then work together to communicate and compromise to reach a mutually agreeable marital settlement. In some cases, it is best to include a mediator in the process to help facilitate this process. Once a settlement is reached, a marital settlement agreement is drawn up and is presented to the court during a short hearing for final approval.

There are numerous advantages to choosing a collaborative divorce.  These include:

Lower legal expenses, since there are fewer legal steps involved and no court intervention

Reduction in fighting, emotional trauma and confrontation, since all parties agree from the outset to work collaboratively towards a mutually agreeable settlement

Ability to control the length of the settlement process – the more likely the couple is willing to communicate, negotiate and compromise, the more quickly they can settle and finalize their divorce

Avoidance of exposing private information during a court trial

Less impact on children, family and friends

Settlement without the pressures of court and judge-induced resolutions

Focus on the important issues, rather than spending time on vindictiveness or trying to hurt one another

Yes. Collaborative divorce maintains some similarities to mediated divorce, in that it often uses mediation in order for parties to come to a mutually agreeable settlement. The main difference between mediated and collaborated divorce is that the essence of collaborative divorce requires a binding agreement between the divorcing couple and their attorneys at the outset of the process to avoid court intervention during the process. Mediated divorce has the same goal, to keep the divorce from having to be litigated in court, but there is no binding agreement to say that court intervention can’t happen. Also, a collaborative divorce involves representation from lawyers for each party, while a mediated divorce can be pursued with or without legal representation. The goal of collaborative divorce is an uncontested divorce, in which both parties come to a mutually agreeable settlement without the need for a trial in front of a judge.
Any couple that is willing and able to communicate with one another to resolve important issues without allowing matters to be overly contentious should consider collaborative divorce. If the couple can work out all issues on their own and they feel confident that they can do so without requiring legal guidance and representation, then they should do so and then have the paperwork prepared and filed for an uncontested divorce. However, if the couple finds themselves with some issues still to work out, but they are committed to working in good faith, backed by legal representation, and agree that they do not want the details of their divorce to be ultimately decided by a judge after what can be a long, drawn-out and often ugly process, then this may be the perfect solution.
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