When you are considering or preparing for divorce, it is perfectly understandable to feel anxious about the intense court battles that can sometimes follow. You may be worried about the expenses of court proceedings and legal representation, your final property division arrangements, or maintaining your rights as a parent. Fortunately, there are many legal options for divorcing couples to consider.

One relatively new option in our state is a process called collaborative divorce. When a couple files for a collaborative divorce, they agree to work between themselves and their attorneys to reach a fair arrangement without court involvement. To discuss whether this may be a good option for your family, contact an Orlando collaborative divorce lawyer from the Schlegel Law Group.

How It Works

Collaborative divorce is often a good alternative for both divorcing couples and the courts, which are frequently backlogged with divorce hearings. When it is handled well, a collaborative divorce can be faster, cheaper, and less stressful for everyone involved. Some people also enjoy having more personal control over their divorce settlements.

The unique feature of a collaborative divorce is the focus on working together, rather than trying to “win” a hearing. Both parties are working towards an agreement that suits everyone; if children are involved, their well-being becomes the primary focus. A series of informal meetings is used to make these arrangements, rather than a court hearing.

Of course, this kind of process will not work for everyone. If you are considering a collaborative divorce, you need to think realistically about how well you and your partner can communicate and work together. If you begin the process but find it is not right for you, you do have the option of canceling the informal meetings and making arrangements for court.