I’ve been practicing law for 40 years as of now. I had a diverse background, so when I was in law school, there was only one course I was not going to take and I was family law because I knew I was never going to practice family law and the product of divorced parents and I didn’t want to have anything to do with family. But what really happened was that when I had my first family, the first divorce in the middle 1980s, it turns out that this is really where I belonged.
Most people think that when they are getting divorced or if they have a paternity matter, that they must fight in court. That is not the case. The Collaborative Process is private and confidential, so very little is filed in the public record of the courts. If you know someone who would benefit from this process, please invite them to view this video.
Knowing the questions to ask your divorce attorney can save you time and money in the long run.
You may have heard of the Collaborative Process and you may not know what it is. So let me explain to you what the process involves. Each side must have their own attorney, although there isn’t a legal requirement. The vast majority of attorneys are specially trained in the process and in fact, in Florida there’s a pretty good chance that I trained them.
I want to talk about what is the difference between traditional divorce which is going to court and the Collaborative Process. In traditional divorce papers must be filed in court and virtually everything that is filed in court is what’s described as being part of the public record.
If you’re thinking about getting a divorce, there are certain things you should know about the process itself. Ultimately, you will have to be in court for a judge to either decide what is going to happen or approve an agreement that you and your spouse have entered into. How do you get to that place?
If you’re thinking about a divorce, the best advice I can give you is to consult with an experienced family attorney and do research before meeting with that attorney to see if their philosophy aligns with your philosophy.
Most people think of divorce in terms of going to court and fighting, and you’ve seen movies and television shows about divorces and there’s nasty fighting and it’s all out in public. That is not how it has to be. And I provide those non-court processes to my clients.
If you’re going to get divorced, if you’re thinking about it, one of the things you need to do is to gather information such as bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs. Think about all of the issues that are involved in the day to day lives as a family.