Are you thinking about getting a divorce in Orlando, Florida? If so, McMichen, Cinami & Demps can help. We know how important it is to have a compassionate yet strong advocate on your side. Our experienced Orlando collaborative divorce attorneys can help you seek a resolution that will bring stability to your future.
Our top-rated attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in family law. We’ve helped hundreds of families through the emotionally taxing process of divorce in Orlando and surrounding Orange County. We’ll work hard to achieve a favorable result for you.
How McMichen, Cinami & Demps Can Help With Your Collaborative Divorce in Orlando
Choosing the right lawyer for your divorce can make a big difference in your experience. You need someone you can trust to listen to you without judgment and who will advocate strongly for you.
With decades of experience, our Orlando family law attorneys bring proven negotiation skills to your case. Our firm’s managing partner is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Our family law lawyers are trained in collaborative law, giving you the flexibility to pursue all possible options for your divorce.
When you hire us to handle your collaborative divorce, we’ll:
Listen carefully to understand your goals
Work diligently to obtain all financial information relevant to your case
Obtain accurate assessments of all marital property
Provide advice and guidance throughout the process
Advocate to help you achieve your goals
Collaborative divorce doesn’t mean that you have to back off from the goals that you want. You’ll still address issues such as child support, property division, and spousal support, as necessary. It’s just a more open and less contentious option that often leads to a faster and more agreeable outcome for all parties involved. Call our Orlando, FL family law firm for a free case evaluation to see if collaborative divorce might work for you.
What Is Collaborative Divorce in Florida?
Collaborative divorce is a form of collaborative law designed to help parties work together to address the issues necessary to end their marriage without going to court. It’s a completely voluntary process that you can start or end whenever you want.
Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?
If you’re on fairly good terms with your spouse and you think you can work productively together in discussions toward a resolution, you might want to consider the collaborative law process. If you have children, you’ll need to work with your spouse on some level in the future to communicate about school, holidays, and many other issues.
A collaborative law process can help to preserve the relationship with your spouse in order to work in your children’s best interest.
Some reasons you might choose collaborative divorce are:
Saving costs involved with litigation
Preserving a working relationship with your spouse
Protecting your privacy by not having to appear in court
Avoiding the lengthy process involved with litigation
Avoiding contentious fights over document requests
Reducing emotional stress
Allowing you more control over the process instead of leaving matters to a judge
Divorce isn’t easy by any means. But collaborative divorce attorneys can design a process that can alleviate some of the stress and cost that comes with a traditional divorce.
What’s the Process for Collaborative Divorce?
Even though the process doesn’t play out through the court system, there are special rules for the collaborative divorce process in Florida. It’s not just talking to your spouse and trying to work things out. The rules are there to standardize the process and to give the best possible chance for a successful resolution.
The basic steps involved in a collaborative divorce are:
Participate in joint discussion/negotiation sessions
Consult with financial or other professionals as necessary
Sign a final agreement
Submit documents to the court for approval of dissolution of the marriage
You and your spouse will each work with your own attorney. You have an attorney-client relationship with confidentiality protections just like in any other matter. Unlike a court hearing, you won’t be blindsided with questions. Information is voluntarily exchanged ahead of time as necessary in order to prepare for your meetings.
Through a series of meetings with your spouse and their attorney, you’ll openly discuss goals and possible resolutions. Ultimately, the end product will be a signed agreement. Although the process isn’t litigated through the court system, you will still need to have certain documents submitted to the court. The court must approve the agreement and finalize the divorce.
Attorneys in a collaborative divorce can’t represent their clients in future contested matters. This means the threat of litigation is never held over your head. You can focus on open and authentic discussions to achieve a favorable outcome for you and your family.
Who’s Involved in a Collaborative Divorce?
The collaborative divorce process will involve a team of people trying to make this process easier for you and your family. Unlike other alternative dispute resolution methods, like mediation, you may also have certain professionals involved in the process. The attorneys for you and your spouse will be involved in all the meetings.
Sometimes, other experts may be engaged to help with the process, such as:
Financial planners or accountants
Mental health professionals
Estate planning attorneys
Educational placement advisors
If necessary, these collaborative professionals can be brought in to help educate the parties about different options. These will always be neutral professionals and will not be on one side or the other like you’d see in a contested matter. Each side generally pays their own attorney fees, but you might share in the costs for other professionals.
Collaborative divorce can be an option that allows you to reach your goals while preserving a respectful relationship with your spouse. Let our Orlando family law attorneys evaluate your case to see if collaborative divorce might be right for you. Call Michen, Cinami & Demps today to discuss your case. Your first consultation is free.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Orlando Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
If you’re considering a divorce, let our experienced Orlando collaborative divorce lawyers at McMichen, Cinami & Demps explain all of your options. There could be a less stressful way to get through this difficult time. We offer free consultations, so call us today.