About Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is not your typical court-based, high-stress divorce. In fact, it is meant to resolve your divorce in a peaceful & respectful team-based approach:

  • (Time) Restructure relationships faster with less stress

  • (Money) Preserve finances for both parents and children

  • (Emotion) Reduce emotional tolls on family

  • (Results) Customize “win-win” results for both spouses

  • (Relationships) Preserve family relationships beyond divorce

  • (No Court Hearings) Keeping your matters private.

How does it work? Learn below:

1) It starts with a pledge not to go to court

Spouses and attorneys agree they will not take any contested issue to court

  • Attorneys withdraw if an agreement can’t be reached or if one of you opts out of the collaborative process.

Why is this important?

  • Both of you can speak freely without worrying that what you say may be used against you in court.

  • This approach creates a “safe” environment in which the team can help both of you negotiate.

  • Because the commitment not to go to court is a formal agreement rather than just a promise, it builds more trust in the collaborative process, which helps both of you get the results you want.

2) It requires Full Disclosure

Everyone agrees to openly share and exchange all information needed, and commits to:

  • Respond truthfully to questions and requests for paperwork

  • Clarify misunderstandings or errors in information provided

Why is this important?

  • Agreeing to provide the information is much less costly than either requesting or demanding formal discovery via your expensive lawyer, especially when you both already have it.

  • Your team’s financial professional helps guide both of you through the process, ultimately reducing the time and expense of gathering the financial information for you both.

3) It provides Customized results

The written document that describes the final divorce is called the settlement agreement.  Unlike a judge who is restricted by legal guidelines, in your collaborative divorce:

  • The Team works as a unit to help you both make decisions based on your specific values and needs;

  • The process allows you both to be more creative and to generate more satisfying solutions for your family; and

  • Your agreement can incorporate the common goals of both of you for your family now and for issues that may arise in the future (such as education, health issues, moving homes, etc.).

  • The results in collaborative divorce are PRIVATE.

  • Sensitive family issues, personal information, and financial documents may be kept out of the public file and thereby the public record.

Did you say Team?

The Collaborative Team consists of the two clients and their lawyers, as well as a professional facilitator and/or financial expert, as needed.  Professional experts help the process move forward more quickly and easily and, unlike the attorneys, are neutral (not biased towards either side). All have extensive, specialized training as Collaborative Practitioners.

Minimum standards for the Next Generation Divorce collaborative professional are:

  • Licensed and in good standing with their professional regulatory bodies.

  • At least 12 hours of basic collaborative training.

  • Accept and follow IACP Ethical Requirements

Next Generation Divorce is changing how we all perceive divorce in the Tampa Bay region and beyond via Collaborative Divorce. Divorce need no longer be synonymous with words such as anger, broken families, and financial ruin. Next Generation Divorce is the collaborative divorce resource for families in the Tampa Bay area. It is supported by caring professionals who are specialized and committed to helping families through the collaborative divorce process.