Collaborative Divorce Lawyer in Tampa
What is it?
In general, collaborative divorce costs less, is less stressful, takes less time, and gives you more options than the typical family law process. Collaborative law requires a change in thinking from the way most litigants look at family law. People who come to lawyers with family law problems are among the most emotionally charged clients in the legal system. The ones who once were the dearest objects of their affection have caused them pain and can no longer be trusted. The reaction of many people in that situation is to try to get even by causing whatever psychological, physical, or financial harm they can to the other person. Often they want their lawyers to assist them in inflicting harm in the legal arena.
What are the steps?
When you decide to use the collaborative law process, you approach your differences in a new way. You each still have your own separate attorney to provide you with legal advice and guidance through the process. From that point, however, it becomes a different process.
The first step you take is to get together with your spouse and the attorney representing your spouse. You reach a signed agreement that you will work together to gather information and reach a resolution. Each lawyer demonstrates to the opposing party that the lawyer will do everything that can be done to reach a resolution by agreeing to withdraw from the case if an agreement cannot ultimately be reached.
You agree upon a schedule for gathering financial and other information. If necessary, you jointly retain financial, child development or other experts to assist both sides in determining the identity and value of assets, the standard of living and income capabilities of each party and the needs of the children. Whether experts are needed depends upon the complexity of the case.
If necessary, a mediator is jointly retained to help you work through any disagreements that arise during the process.
How is it different than having a trial in front of a judge?
Judges make decisions on the parenting schedule for your children, division of all of your assets and awarding of child support and assets after only seeing you and hearing testimony over a few hours or a few days. The collaborative law process involves you and your spouse, who know far more than the judge will ever know about what is best for you and for your children, working together with your lawyers' assistance to reach the best possible agreement created to fit the unique circumstances of your family.
When the agreement is reached, it is reduced to writing and presented to the judge to be made into an order of the court.
Is there special training involved for the lawyers?
We are proud to have in our firm an attorney who has undergone the training process to learn the most effective procedures for a successful collaborative law effort and has conducted numerous family law cases using this process. Stann Givens is one of the original twelve Tampa Bay area lawyers to be trained in collaborative law, is a charter member of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers of Tampa Bay and is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Contact a Tampa collaborative divorce lawyer at Givens Law Group today.
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