Do you want to protect what is rightfully yours without having to step one foot into a courtroom? Learn how the Collaborative Process can help if you are going through a high net worth dissolution of marriage in Florida.
Couples opting for collaborative divorce agree to settle matters involving division of assets and debts, alimony, child support and timesharing (custody/visitation), as well as other matters, through interest-based negotiation, and compromise, instead of through litigation. In contrast to mediation, which uses one professional (acting as a neutral party), collaborative divorce uses a neutral financial professional and a collaborative facilitator, (usually a mental health professional); these two professionals, together with the parties’ attorneys, assist the divorcing spouses to create options which meet the needs of the parties and needs of their children. This process is more cost-effective and efficient and less time consuming than a protracted, acrimonious litigation-based divorce.
What are the advantages of avoiding litigating your high net worth, complex high net divorce out of court?
- Less cost –resulting in a greater pool of assets to divide.
- Greater expediency –taking weeks or months rather than years to resolve which means you can move forward with your life more quickly.
- Greater discretion – no court means no public court transcripts or public court hearings so you can protect your information and your privacy.
- Greater control over your divorce – you work with your spouse rather than allowing a judge to decide.
- Easier on the children involved – sparing them the drama and acrimony of a courtroom battle can ease the disruption the divorce has on their life.
For whom do these options work best?
Collaborative divorce is not right for everyone. Some couples may never be willing to work through issues in a civil way, by expressing their needs and concerns and listening to their spouse’s opinions and requests. Nevertheless, collaborative divorce is a viable options for most divorcing couples.
The key to a successful collaborative divorce is hiring a Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney for representation. Lawyers who have experience in these alternative divorce areas who are educated, trained and experienced in both, and who has a specialty in Family Law can help the process go smoothly and effectively.
Charles D. Jamieson, P.A.
The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson
1601 Forum Place, Suite 1002 | West Palm Beach, Florida 33401