The collaborative law process may not be for every case. The Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay has some suggestions to help you determine whether the collaborative approach is right for you:
Perhaps you are ready for a divorce but are unsure of whether to approach the matter using the traditional court-based solution or whether you should turn to the new growing phenomenon of Collaborative Divorce. How do you know if this alternative is right for you?
If you wish and are able to:
- Maintain a tone of respect, even when facing a difficult decision or disagreement.
- Prioritize the needs of your children.
- Listen objectively and consider the needs of you and your spouse equally.
- Work to devise creative and unique solutions to your issues.
- Plan for the future by reaching beyond your current frustration.
- Behave ethically when interacting with your spouse and other Collaborative professionals.
- Maintain control of the divorce process and not relegate it to the courts if a difficult situation arises.
Then Collaborative Divorce is a workable option for you. If this sounds like a comfortable solution for you we suggest you talk to a Collaborative lawyer or other Collaborative professional about your situation so they may help you make your final decision.
Attorney Adam B. Cordover has completed advanced training in interdisciplinary collaborative family law and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay.