A recent article in the Tampa Tribune addressed a collaborative divorce where both parties agree to settle their divorce without having a judge decide any issues. Because the parties in a collaborative divorce setting must hire a shared financial expert and psychologist expert, as well as each party hiring their own collaborative law attorney, the price tag can be high. One of the collaborative attorneys in the article stated that $20,000 to $30,000 was the average cost of a collaborative divorce
A non-collaborative divorce can also be settled very amicably without the high expense required by the collaborative divorce process. Husband and Wife each hire their own attorney, but no experts are needed if the parties can agree on financial and parenting issues. Mediation can assist the parties in working out a solution to any difficult issues. Even if contested issues remain, it is often neither necessary nor desirable to hire experts, keeping the cost of the divorce reasonable.
If you or someone you know need help with a divorce, please contact an experienced divorce attorney.