South Florida Collaborative Divorce Attorney
Seeking a Peaceful Resolution to Your Divorce? Call Pazos Law Group Today: (954) 719-5557.
Along with divorce can come drama and conflict between divorcing spouses, who end up battling in court over issues, sometimes unnecessarily. If children are involved, the fighting affects the children and makes it difficult for the parents to co-parent their children. The children can suffer adverse psychological and emotional effects that last well into adulthood and even cast a shadow on their own adult relationships.
But it does not have to be this way. Collaborative divorce is quickly becoming the divorce of the future. It is a way for a divorcing couple to work as a team to resolve disputes respectfully without the help of a judge. Collaborative divorce, a form of collaborative law or alternative dispute resolution, offers new ways for resolving any type of dispute, including rifts between business partners or lenders and their borrowers. Pazos Law Group can guide couples through the process and steer them towards effective solutions.
How Collaborative Divorce Works
In divorce cases, collaborative law works this way:
- Each spouse hires a collaborative divorce lawyer to represent him or her.
- The parties agree to open communications and information sharing.
- The parties agree to resolve differences, such as child support and alimony, as well as paternity and visitation rights in a reasonable, respectful way.
- Their collaborative lawyers withdraw from the case if the parties go to court.
The couple may also hire experts to advise them, including the following:
- Child psychologists
- Financial planners
- Tax accountants and CPAs
- Divorce coaches
- Mental health professionals or therapists
If either party backs out of talks, they must choose new lawyers and start over in divorce court. This is because collaborative divorce provides strong incentives to reach a mutually beneficial, out-of-court settlement.
The incentive is not only for the clients but for the attorneys as well. The attorneys cannot simply threaten to go to court if they don't get what they want. The attorney is incentivized to keep the couple out of court, thereby reducing costs associated with court, or the collaborative attorney must withdraw. This legally binding agreement only enters the courts for the final paperwork to be filed. And the relationship between co-parents, their children, and extended family members are often preserved beyond the divorce.
Guiding Families with Compassion & Integrity
At the South Florida family law firm of Pazos Law Group, we provide collaborative divorce services as well as divorce mediation. Mediation is facilitated by an unbiased Weston divorce mediator who identifies the key issues to be resolved and leads negotiations towards a fair out-of-court agreement.
We represent clients with marital and family problems throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. While we encourage mediation and collaborative divorce, our family law attorneys will take your case to court if that is what it takes to regain control of your life.
Please call Pazos Law Group at (954) 719-5557 or schedule your confidential consultation online.