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Uncontested Divorce v. Contested Divorce in Florida

Without a doubt, any one who has gone through a divorce will agree, that Divorce is an emotional process. It's not like dissolving a business. At one point, the parties loved each other enough to marry one another. So, it goes without saying that divorce is much more than just a simple parting of ways, especially when there is anger between the spouses. Yet divorce proceedings do not need to be an emotionally (and financial) draining legal clash, which is why some Florida couples are choosing an uncontested divorce. Another alterative to an uncontested divorce is a collaborative divorce or going through mediation are good options for many considering divorce. The more cooperative the divorce can be the less financially and emotionally draining it is as well.

Divorce requires "financial separation, emotional separation, physical separation, and an understanding on how the future of the relationship will continue." So, it's much more complicated than signing a few papers. When children are involved, a couple's relationship, though fundamentally different, will likely continue after they are divorced. This knowledge has led couples to decide on a collaborative divorce process, which can bring a more amicable settlement.

In the collaborative divorce process, your legal representation works with your spouse's attorney to reach a settlement. The intent of this process is to avoid a lengthy legal battle. Through a collaborative agreement and mediation, couples can determine what level of spousal support or child support is appropriate and develop a plan to co-parent their children. This can be a very healthy option under the right circumstances.

While the goal of cooperative or collabrative divorce is to reduce the acrimony and the cost, it is simply unrealistic to think that this process will work for every divorcing couple. Some couples will end up in court to settle irresolute disputes. However, couples should know that going to court does not have to be the first option, and in some cases it shouldn't be. It's very important for couples to weigh all of their options as they reach the decision to divorce.

Collaborative divorce may be the best thing for children. A confrontational relationship between ex-spouses might place an unnecessary burden on children, so being able to resolve a divorce in a peaceable way could be helpful for children.

Though cooperative or collaborative divorces do not occur in all divorce cases, they are growing in popularity. Many see this as the most peaceable and fair way to proceed with their divorce. After all, it can save time, money and emotional stress.