Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?
Collaborative Divorce can be the difference between an emotionally traumatic divorce and a peaceful divorce in Tampa, Florida. At the Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A., we help clients use the Collaborative Divorce method to end marriages amicably, so both parties can start their new lives on a positive note. Is Collaborative Divorce right for you? When considering whether you would like to move forward with a Collaborative Divorce, review these points.
Benefits of the Collaborative Process:
- The Collaborative Divorce process preserves privacy by not airing differences in a public forum. Most settlement terms and financial disclosures can be kept from the public record.
- The Collaborative process is confidential. Litigation is public.
- Everyone has an economic incentive to work toward a settlement – the parties, because of the high cost of litigation and the lawyers because they will be required to withdraw if settlement cannot be achieved.
Negatives of the Collaborative Process:
- If the matter is not resolved and litigation counsel is retained, there may be some duplication of effort as the second lawyer catches up on the case.
- Should trial be necessary, trial preparation will be delayed and important evidence may be unavailable.
- Neutral experts retained during the collaborative law process may not be allowed to participate if the case does not settle. You may need to hire and pay for additional experts.
After educating yourself about the collaborative law process, it is ultimately your personal decision as to whether it is right for you or not.
Effective collaborative divorces are grounded in trust and cooperation. Certain marital situations are not well suited to this process, while some the process is tailored for. Learn more about Collaborative Divorce and how the Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. can help protect your rights.
The Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. represents spouses in the Collaborative Divorce process. Please call 813-258-3211 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.
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