Create Your Own Path with Collaborative Divorce

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re either going through a divorce or know someone who is. And let’s face it, divorce isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But what if I told you that in Florida there’s a way to navigate this challenging time while still preserving your self-determination and sanity? Enter: Collaborative Divorce.

Picture this: instead of duking it out in a courtroom with lawyers battling it out, Collaborative Divorce brings everyone to the table – you, your soon-to-be ex, and a team of professionals (including separate attorneys to provide each of you with independent legal advice) dedicated to finding solutions that work for everyone involved. Sounds pretty good, right? Here’s why it’s worth considering:

Collaborative Divorce Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

One of the biggest perks of Collaborative Divorce is that it empowers you to take control of your own future. Instead of leaving decisions about your life in the hands of a judge, you and your soon-to-be ex get to work together to find solutions that meet both of your needs. From dividing assets to co-parenting agreements, you have a say in it all.

Collaborative Divorce Promotes Communication and Cooperation

Communication breakdowns are often at the heart of messy divorces. But in a Collaborative Divorce, the focus is on fostering open and respectful communication. With the help of a Neutral Facilitator with a specialty in family dynamics and childhood development, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate with your ex, paving the way for smoother negotiations and better outcomes.

Collaborative Divorce Prioritizes Creative Solutions

Forget about cookie-cutter divorce settlements. Collaborative Divorce encourages thinking outside the box to find solutions that are tailored to your unique situation. Whether it’s crafting a creative custody arrangement or coming up with a fair division of assets and financial support, the possibilities are endless when you approach divorce collaboratively.  And you can get the aide of specialists such as a Neutral Financial Professionals to develop options based on sound financial principles rather than based solely on what would happen in court.

Collaborative Divorce Reduces Stress and Conflict

Let’s be real – divorce is stressful enough as it is. But when you opt for Collaborative Divorce, you’re choosing a path that’s designed to minimize conflict and stress. Each of you have separate attorneys, but unlike traditional divorce the lawyers are not “opposing counsel” and the spouses are not treated as “opposing parties.”  By working together instead of against each other, you can avoid the hostility and animosity that often accompany traditional divorce proceedings, making the process a whole lot easier on everyone involved.

Collaborative Divorce Sets the Stage for a Positive Future

Divorce might mark the end of your marriage, but it’s also the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Collaborative Divorce lays the groundwork for a more amicable post-divorce relationship with your ex, which is especially important if you’ll be co-parenting children together. By resolving conflicts respectfully and cooperatively, you’ll be better equipped to move forward and create a positive future for yourself and your family.

So there you have it – a guide to how Collaborative Divorce can preserve your self-determination during one of life’s most challenging transitions. If you’re ready to take control of your divorce and approach it with cooperation and respect, consider giving Collaborative Divorce a try by contacting a professional. Your future self will thank you for it!

Adam B. Cordover is a Collaborative Lawyer and co-author of an American Bar Association book on Collaborative Divorce.  He is a member of the Board of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and recipient of the inaugural “Visionary Award” from the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Adam has offices in Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and Sarasota, and he represents clients virtually throughout the State of Florida.