Have you made the decision to get divorced, but want to avoid the conflict, stress, and costs that people typically experience during a traditional divorce? If you answered “yes” and you’re getting divorced in Tampa, then perhaps collaborative divorce is the perfect answer for you.
Is a collaborative divorce your best option?
A growing number of people throughout Tampa have turned to collaborative divorce with the Melendez Law Office, because in many cases, it’s a better option than traditional litigation.
- Less conflict: You and your spouse work together, outside of court, with the help of two objective, third-party mediators. This is especially important when children are involved.
- Less stress: Instead of battling each other, you and your spouse can focus on working towards a mutually beneficial resolution.
- Attention to detail: The parties have the benefit of utilizing additional neutral professionals as needed to provide neutral third-party options for settlement.
- Quicker outcome: Since depositions aren’t necessary and court time is minimized, collaborative divorce can be completed more quickly.
- Reduced costs: A quicker outcome, less billable time, and fewer court costs means a lower total cost than traditional litigation. Imagine a process where the focus is on settlement rather than motion drafting, lengthy discovery tactics, and court time. The collaborative process just costs less.
Unfortunately, collaborative divorce may not work in all scenarios.
If there is already a lot of animosity, contention, or resentment, one or both parties may be less willing to work together, but it has been very successful even in cases like this. Imagine what the alternative would be like in those high conflict cases. Collaborative divorce brings perspective and helps to keep you on track towards resolution, rather than a counter productive direction.
How does collaborative divorce work?
Collaborative divorce begins when you and your spouse decide to forgo traditional litigation and work together towards a peaceful solution. It is a child focused process when children are involved.
You each then select a collaborative divorce attorney, and the four of you begin working together to resolve the divorce, split assets, and determine child custody and timesharing. Through the process you may choose to bring in neutral professionals including a neutral facilitator and a neutral financial professional. Many courts honor the parties decision to keep their agreements private especially when they have chosen the collaborative process. If you wish for your personal agreements to remain private, you may be able to choose whether or not to file the agreement with the public record at the court house. Confidentiality is another important reason why some people choose collaborative divorce in Tampa.
Your collaborative divorce agreement is fully enforceable in all courts throughout America.
Collaborative divorce credentials
Mr. George Melendez, Esq. has received advanced training in the collaborative process, and is an accredited member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Next Generation Divorce and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is also a Supreme Court Certified Mediator and a qualified Parenting Coordinator which are skill sets unique to, and frequently used in the collaborative process.
George is also a keynote speaker on the topic of collaborative divorce, frequently speaking for audiences of attorneys, licensed therapists, and other mental health professionals throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Want to find out if collaborative divorce is right for you?
Get in touch with our office today to schedule your initial consultation.