Collaborative Family Law
Divorces are often portrayed in the media as contentious and dramatic with many issues being dragged into open court. However, this does not have to be the case. There are many ways to work together and make divorce as non-adversarial as possible so that you can settle important issues and move on with your integrity intact. One method of solving family related issues is referred to as collaborative law. At the law firm of KM Welsh, P.A. in Largo, Florida, we highly recommend exploring the option of collaborative law to help save time, money, and stress. If you would like more information regarding collaborative divorce, please call for a consultation with lawyer Kathryn Welsh today.
What Is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative law is a process in which two parties and their attorneys who are trained in collaborative law agree to work together and settle legal disputes without going to court. The collaborative relationship is not informal, but instead is an official agreement that is signed by the spouses/parents and their attorneys. If the parties are not successful in settling their legal issues through the collaborative process, the attorneys must withdraw from the case and the parties must find new representation for any litigation. This requirement gives everyone a larger incentive to work together and come to a resolution out of court.
Like any other divorce case, some experts and professionals may be needed to help divide up real estate, investments, or businesses, as well as discuss earning potential and other issues related to financial support or parenting. Such experts can be extremely helpful but costly. In a collaborative law case, the parties can jointly retain experts which significantly reduces the litigation costs. In addition, the experts will be working for the benefit of both parties and can provide neutral and honest advice on ideas for settlement agreements.
Is Collaborative Divorce Right For You?
While collaborative law can be very efficient and effective in a family law case, it is not necessarily the right choice for everyone. Both parties should be committed to the collaborative process in order to achieve positive results. You should discuss the process with an experienced collaborative law attorney to learn more about the process and whether this is a viable option for you.
At the law office of KM Welsh, P.A., an experienced Florida collaborative family law lawyer can assist you in making a decision regarding the collaborative law process. Attorney Kathryn Welsh will guide you through every stage of the process for the most favorable resolution possible. Please call today for help at 727-586-7088.