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Committed To Productive Conflict Resolution

If phrases such as “no-court divorce” and “divorce with dignity” appeal to you and express guiding principles you believe are right for your case, a Collaborative approach to divorce may be the best choice. With increasing frequency, couples divorcing in Florida are choosing this method of amicable dispute resolution and finding that it meets their needs. You can turn to me, attorney Rebecca Fischer, for assistance in using Collaborative law to dissolve your marriage.

At Rebecca H. Fischer, P.A., I know from decades of experience how important it is to make informed choices early in the divorce process. Decisions made in the heat of a moment can close off options and set the direction of the entire case. Whether you and your spouse have made a mutual decision to divorce or one of you is determined to proceed, we are here to help you make practical, informed choices – utilizing the Collaborative Process or another non-litigation approach such as mediation.

Extensive Experience Handling Collaborative Divorces

Not all family law attorneys are familiar with the Collaborative law process. I was trained in 2010 as a Collaborative attorney, was among the first 24 professionals to be accredited in the state of Florida, am a member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute, Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, Next Generation Divorce, Choose Collaborative, Collaborative Professionals of SW Florida, the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals,  and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. I have completed extensive training in this discipline. I am also a founding member of the Family Law Cooperative in Hollywood. Key considerations include:

  • Collaborative divorce is a viable solution only for couples who are committed to resolving all issues through a peacful process taking into account their goals, interests, and hopes for the future, negotiation, and a willingness to sign an agreement not to take those issues to court.
  • Both parties will be represented by their own lawyers and, as necessary, neutral financial, mental health, and other professionals who will participate as part of the overall team seeking to forge solutions and an agreement.
  • People choose Collaborative law for important reasons such as the desire to protect children from unnecessary, damaging conflict and their recognition that maintaining respectful communication is in everyone’s best interests.

I can answer your questions and help you decide whether Collaborative law or another approach to your divorce makes the most sense.

Collaborative Divorce Vs. Mediation

Mediation and Collaborative divorce are both methods of alternative dispute resolution, but they have distinct differences:

  1. Mediation is when a neutral mediator sits down with both parties in a divorce. The mediator facilitates a discussion to help the couple arrive at a satisfactory outcome privately.
  2. Collaborative divorce is when a couple works together in private to find divorce solutions instead of going through a public trial and months if not years of costly litigation.

Some couples use only one method for their divorce. Others reach decisions for most issues through the Collaborative Process but use a Collaboratively trained mediator to resolve some disputes.

Who Can Benefit From Collaborative Divorce?

Just about anyone interested in avoiding litigation can benefit from Collaborative divorce. It saves you substantial time and money.  Trials tend to be expensive and time-consuming. It can help you maintain amicable relations with your ex-spouse or partner, which is especially helpful if you have a child together. If you have a child who has special needs, Collaborative divorce can minimize the stress on your child by working with their special needs. When you use Collaborative law, it also grants you much more control over the outcome than if you were to place your future in the hands of a judge.

Make An Educated, Confident Decision In This Pivotal Time

To discuss your most important objectives in divorce or any family law dispute in the Greater Fort Lauderdale or Miami areas, please call Rebecca H. Fischer, P.A., at 954-546-7250 or contact me online now.