In most cases, it is in the best interest of a child to have both parents play an active role in his or her life. Florida lawmakers acknowledged this fact by abolishing traditional forms of custody for a time-sharing approach in 2008. With a time-sharing approach, both parents are active in their child’s life with an agreement that tries to come as close to possible with a 50/50 sharing arrangement.
Collaborative law is a way to resolve the issues that arise when you dissolve a marriage without court intervention into the settlement terms. In addition to a settlement tailored to your specific needs, using this process ensures that your issues remain private instead of being “aired out” in a courtroom.
The goal of mediation is to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement that settles all matters related to the family court action in terms that benefit all parties. Both parties agree to come together to discuss the various issues in their family court case including but not limited to spousal support, child custody, time-sharing agreements, child support, division of assets, and division of marital debts.