I am an experienced, professional, and ethical Orlando collaborative divorce lawyer serving clients from Orlando and surrounding communities.
Have you heard about collaborative divorce? Has your spouse approached you to consider a collaborative divorce?
Let me help you understand what this is all about.
In Florida, there are many options for getting divorced. Here is a selection of some of the options:
Option 1 – You can get all the forms you need online, fill them out yourself, and file them with the court. Of course, you likely do not know what your rights are, and you probably do not have the time to learn about them.
Option 2 – You can go to a document preparer or cheap divorce service provider who will help you fill out the paperwork. Of course, they are prohibited from providing you with any legal advice about your rights.
Option 3 – You can go to a pro se mediator who will help you and your spouse resolve all of the issues in your divorce. Again, they are also prohibited from providing you with any legal advice.
Option 4 – You can sit with your spouse and negotiate a settlement of all the issues in your divorce and retain an attorney to draft the settlement agreement.
Option 5 – You can each hire lawyers and battle it out at a trial, where you and your spouse will let the lawyers run the show and the Judge will make all of the decisions regarding you and your family.
Option 6 – You can each hire collaboratively trained lawyers who will help you put together a team of professionals who will help you resolve all of the issue in your divorce in a manner that maximizes a settlement for you and your spouse.
Why You Should Hire an Orlando Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
Collaborative divorce lawyers have specialized training regarding this process where you and your spouse retain control over your divorce. Unlike a traditional divorce where everything happens in the courtroom, you don’t have to give up control to the Judge, a complete stranger.
Collaborative divorce lawyers understand how to help you and your spouse identify and productively communicate with each other about things that are important to you. If you have children, you and your spouse are going to be parents for a very long time, and a collaborative divorce can help you preserve a relationship with your spouse so that the two of you can co-parent together in a positive, constructive way.
Would you rather hire a bulldog attorney who will be extremely aggressive toward your spouse and their attorney? Well, collaborative divorce might not be for you. Or, would you rather be surrounded by a team of professionals who will help you craft a settlement that benefits your family while respecting and honoring each other?
How Much Does an Orlando Collaborative Divorce Lawyer Cost?
Orlando collaborative divorce lawyers generally charge the same rate whether a case is collaborative or not. Some statistics suggest that collaborative divorce costs less than a traditional, litigated, battle-it-out-in-court divorce. No matter which attorney you talk to, they should help you understand their fees and they should explain the pros and cons of each divorce option.
Want to Learn More About Collaborative Divorce?
Call me at (407) 872-3161 to schedule an initial consultation and I would be happy to help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of collaborative divorce. There are also other collaborative divorce articles on this site to help you learn more. If you are so inclined, you can read our newest Florida statute regarding collaborative divorce here. Feel free to look around, and I look forward to meeting you soon!