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Collaborative divorce is a relatively new concept to many people. It is a process designed as early intervention in disputes to be used instead of costly litigation. Because of it’s similarities with mediation, however, many people assume that collaborative law and mediation are the same thing.
You are heading for divorce, but would like to work things out with your spouse so that you don’t have to go through the War of the Roses (a movie that was funny and scary at the same time).
For many years, the only way to get your marriage dissolved was to have both spouses hire expert Florida divorce lawyers and battle it out tooth and nail.
I have recently received several phone calls from clients, who begin by asking Do you do Collaborative Divorce? When I answer in the affirmative, they are excited and usually mention that the previous attorneys they have spoken with have never heard of this new type of divorce.
All Florida divorcing spouses who have children must complete a Parent Education and Family Stabilization class before a divorce will be granted by the court. This parenting class is mandatory because it helps to minimize the emotional trauma of the divorce on the children. Each parent must independently complete the course before the divorce enters the court. They must provide the court with a certificate of completion to prove the obligation has been met.
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