Collaborative Divorce and Small Businesses
Divorce is one of life’s most difficult tests. The stress that the traditional adversarial litigation divorce can have on employees cost business owners countless dollars every year. Further, a private business is seen by Florida law as a potential marital asset, to be divided in divorce just like 401(k)’s, jewelry, or furniture. When a business is put in the spotlight of a traditional courtroom divorce, Florida’s sunshine laws dictate that the remains of the business can be picked apart in detail by competitors sifting through a public court file.
Collaborative family law (also known as collaborative divorce), by contrast, is non-adversarial. The spouses’ attorneys are not seen as “opposing counsel,” but rather as teammates. The clients themselves are not seen as “opposing parties,” but rather as co-parents or simply people looking to transition to the next stage of their lives.
Collaborative attorneys can only help the spouses reach an out-of-court settlement, so no time, money, or energy is spent on opposition research, dirty litigation tactics, or preparing for a costly trial. This greatly reduces the stress on spouses and mitigates productivity losses.