Collaborative family law is a process that can be tailored to your family’s specific needs. In all collaborative cases, issues related to divorce are discussed peacefully and respectfully in private conference rooms rather than confrontationally in public courtrooms. Each spouse has their own attorney – who focuses exclusively on helping his or her client reach an out-of-court agreement – on whom the spouse can rely to provide advice and guide them throughout.
Oftentimes, experts are brought into the collaborative process so that the clients can reach a comprehensive agreement that deals not only with legal issues, but also emotional and financial resolutions. Experts end up making the process much more efficient by being able to handle issues far more quickly than attorneys are able to.
One option that families may want to consider is whether to bring in a child specialist. The short video after the jump, produced by Cypress Collaborative Divorce, discusses the role of the child specialist.
The child specialist speaks directly with children of parents going through divorce. They can serve as a voice of the children during meetings to ensure the children’s concerns are being addressed. Though child specialists may not be necessary in every case, they may be especially helpful in cases with teenagers or where a child has behavioral issues that should be addressed in the parenting plan.
If you have questions regarding the collaborative divorce process in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Sarasota, or Manatee counties or beyond, schedule a consultation with Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm at (813) 443-0615 or CLICK HERE to fill out our contact form.
Adam B. Cordover is co-author of an upcoming American Bar Association book on “Building a Successful Collaborative Law Practice.” He is former president of Next Generation Divorce, growing it to become the largest practice group in Florida, and he is on the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.