After you decide to divorce, the question of how you divorce can be one of the most consequential decisions you make. You have choices. Many people hire a trial lawyer and go the traditional litigation route to fight it out in court. Usually they do this because they don’t know there are options.
In most cases, the single most humane and effective option out there is collaborative divorce. In collaborative divorce, you receive the support of your own attorney, but the attorneys are not there to fight. Rather, they are there to work together and help you figure out the best way for you and your spouse to move on with your lives as quickly, peacefully, and efficiently as possible. Other professionals are utilized to ensure everyone focuses on the future rather than the arguments that led to the divorce, as well as to aid in financial transparency.
In the video below, produced by the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals, a former husband, Nick, discusses his collaborative divorce: