Boca Raton Collaborative Lawyers
A More Cooperative Approach to Divorce. Call 561 392 4400!
A collaborative divorce is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional divorce, which is by nature adversarial. It is a family-centered process in which the divorcing parties meet with a neutral facilitator who helps them reach agreement about the terms of their divorce. In addition to possibly being more amicable than a traditional divorce, collaborative divorce is also less expensive. But it is not for everyone. Collaborative divorce requires attorneys who have special training in the collaborative process and clients who are willing to be open and honest in all communications. Attorneys and clients meet as one to try to work out settlement of all issues. They all agree that no one will turn to litigation until the collaborative process has been fully utilized.
The Boca Raton collaborative divorce lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman first became involved in the subject when it was being developed, and they have since amassed a great deal of experience with this type of divorce. You should discuss with your Feldman & Schneiderman attorney whether you are a candidate for collaborative divorce.
Why Clients Choose Feldman & Schneiderman:
- 65+ Years of Combined Experience
- Collaborative, Client-First Approach
- Numerous Awards & Accolades
- Intelligent & Honest Advocacy
How Does it Work?
In a collaborative divorce, the two parties and their lawyers meet with a neutral collaboratively trained facilitator — ideally, a psychologist or therapist — to discuss and resolve a variety of issues. Sometimes, the parties agree to use one accountant to assist with financial issues, such as preparation of financial affidavits and valuation of assets.The facilitator meets with the divorcing parties and their attorneys together to keep communications open, honest and free of recriminations and accusations and to bring about a compromise. It usually takes four to five sessions for a collaborative divorce to be finalized — as opposed to potentially years for a traditional divorce.
However, you need to discuss the collaborative process thoroughly with your attorney. If both parties and their attorneys are not invested in the process, it will not work. Attorneys trained in the collaborative process know that the goal is resolution of the issues, not litigation. In fact, as part of the collaborative process, the attorneys commit that they will not represent either party in litigation if the collaborative process terminates. This keeps the attorneys reasonable, since they know that unbridled advocacy that ignores the claims of the other side cause the collaborative process to end and the attorneys to be discharged from the case.
The two most common matters of concern regarding divorce mediation are:
- Fear collaboration will not work because of the inability of the couple to communicate effectively
- Concern the process will terminate and new counsels will have to be retained
A Qualified Collaborative Divorce Law Firm
The lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. are well-equipped to deal with these concerns. Our team can:
- Help you understand the dynamics of dissent as well as cooperation, and can assess whether you are good candidates for collaborative divorce
- Educate you on divorce law to ensure once a collaborative agreement is reached, it is legally binding and effective
Divorce mediation builds on the premise that divorce is not just a legal event, but also an emotional one. It provides a safe context for constructive problem-solving by the divorcing parties and is designed to help develop positive post-divorce family relationships. Research shows that the satisfaction rate for mediated divorce agreements is higher than for agreements imposed by a court.
The key to the success of a mediated divorce is finding a mediator who has both legal knowledge and an understanding of human behavior. We work with you to make sure you are prepared and comfortable with the mediation process. We will gladly explain the risks, costs and likely outcome of any proposed course of action.
Our Boca Raton mediation attorneys can help you find a more cooperative approach to divorce. Call 561 392 4400 today to schedule a meeting.