Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative Family Law is a structured divorce process that offers an alternative to going to Court. The collaborative divorce process allows couples to focus on what is important to them – their family and their future.

The collaborative divorce process enables a couple who have decided to end their marriage, to work with their lawyers in order to avoid litigation and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children.

Collaborative divorce is a voluntary process. It is initiated when the couple signs the Participation Agreement. The participants agree NOT to litigate. Instead, the participants voluntarily disclose to each other all necessary and relevant information through a series of joint meetings and cooperate to resolve all issues. In many cases, other professionals trained in the collaborative process, including accountants, financial planners, and mental health professionals, will work as part of the team to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. All aspects of divorce may be addressed in the collaborative process, including child custody, timesharing, child support, alimony, and property division.

If the parties are unable to reach a settlement, the lawyers will withdraw from the case and assist the clients in transitioning the case to trial attorneys. By establishing an honest, cooperative, and professional environment, the divorcing spouses and their counsel can work towards a settlement that benefits everyone.

Maritza Gonzalez is trained and highly skilled in the collaborative divorce process. Ms. Gonzalez serves on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

To find out more about collaborative family law, contact Maritza Gonzalez, P.A. at 954.389.2221 to arrange a consultation.

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