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Divorce attorneys in Tampa, Florida | Collaborative Divorce


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Divorce can be either uncontested or contested. If the parties can agree to the terms of their divorce, then this is both financially and emotionally beneficial to them. However, it may be difficult to sit down with your spouse and determine how you want to resolve the specifics in your situation. Primary factors you must resolve will include some or all of the following:
-If you have children, then you will have custody, visitation and child support issues to resolve.
-Distribution of marital assets and debts. (You may have questions as to what is marital and non-marital.)
Spousal support/alimony which depends largely upon the length of your marriage and whether one spouse has a need for the support and the other has the ability to pay it.
The Tampa divorce attorneys at All Family Law Group, P.A. can help you with your uncontested divorce for a flat fee if you and your spouse know the terms of your divorce. Contact us by email or call 813-708-1278 for an initial consultation at no charge at our office in Tampa or Riverview, Florida

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Divorce attorneys in Tampa, Florida | Collaborative Divorce

  1. 1. Collaborative Divorce FAQ:
  2. 2. Q A without having to go to court. It’s a means of resolving your divorce through negotiations, without having to go to court. What is collaborative divorce?
  3. 3. Q A team effort. Collaborative divorce is a team effort. With collaborative divorce, both parties and their attorneys commit to working together, toward a mutually beneficial resolution of the divorce.  How is collaborative divorce different from mediation?
  4. 4. With mediation, the parties and their attorneys take sides against each other, with the mediator in the middle to help negotiate disputes. Put another way: With collaborative divorce, the goal is: What is best for us? With mediation, the goal is: What is best for me?
  5. 5. Q A Less expensive. 2) Less expensive. Why choose collaborative divorce? 1 Less contentious than a contested divorce, whether resolved through the court system or by mediation.
  6. 6. 4) Allows for great creativity and flexibility in resolving issues and fashioning a settlement agreement that works for your family. 3Gives you and your spouse control over the outcome of your divorce, rather than leaving such important decisions in the hands of a judge.
  7. 7. Q A Yes!Yes!Both you and your spouse will need to retain independent counsel, specially trained in collaborative divorce. Do I need my own attorney?
  8. 8. Q A The collaborative divorce process begins with the signing of a Participation Agreement. The Participation Agreement formalizes the goals and the ground rules of the negotiations. Common provisions include:  What is a Participation Agreement?
  9. 9. ✔ ✔ fairly, The goal of the collaborative process is to negotiate a settlement that treats everyone fairly,and not to litigate. civility and courtesy. All persons involved in the negotiations will treat each other with civility and courtesy.
  10. 10. ✔ ✔Neither party will attempt to take advantage of mistakes made by the other party or by his or her attorney.  share information Both spouses agree to freely and voluntarily share information and documents, so that each can make fully-informed decisions.
  11. 11. ✔The negotiations are confidential; The negotiations are confidential;neither spouse will disclose, or attempt to use in subsequent court proceedings, anything that is said or done during the collaborative divorce process. 
  12. 12. ✔The parties will seek the advice of experts– e.g., accountants, tax and financial advisers, and mental health professionals – who will provide unbiased advice, as needed. 
  13. 13. global settlement, The attorneys will exercise their best efforts to negotiate and finalize a global settlement,and will not participate in litigation (court proceedings) should the collaborative process be unsuccessful.
  14. 14. Q A You, your spouse, and your attorneys will meet to discuss the issues that need to be resolved and the best way to do so to ensure that everyone involved is treated fairly.  How does the collaborative process work?
  15. 15. Other members of the collaborative divorce team also may be present, Other members of the collaborative divorce team also may be present, including, for example, a financial adviser or mental health professional. You should expect to meet several times. When all the issues are resolved, the attorneys will draft an agreement for you and your spouse to sign.
  16. 16. Q A If you are unable to reach an agreement through the collaborative process, you can still pursue your divorce through the court system. What happens if it doesn’t work?
  17. 17. However,However,you and your spouse both will have to retain new counsel. Your collaborative divorce attorneys will not represent you in the litigation.
  18. 18. Q AT rying to fit an emotionally-charged divorce into the confines of the traditional civil court litigation system can feel like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Collaborative divorce is an alternative to the traditional approach. The hallmarks of collaborative divorce are:  Summary
  19. 19. A spirit of cooperation and teamwork Open and honest communication and sharing of information and documents
  20. 20. FlexibilityFlexibilityin resolving issues and crafting a settlement agreement that is fair to all parties. © James Publishing