What happens if the collaborative divorce process breaks down?

Asked about 2 years ago - Miami Beach, FL

If, after attempting collaborative divorce, a couple must litigate, does the date they signed the collaborative participation agreement count as the date of filing? Can anything discussed during the collaborative meeting be used in the litigation?

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    Answered . The date of signing the collaboration agreement could be used to determine the date of separation. A collaborative divorce is a divorce no matter what adjectives are used to describe it. Settlement negotiations are considered privileged communications in Florida and as such are not admissible as evidence.

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  2. Answered . The cases I have heard stories on using the collaborative process have not been good ones. I think it is frequently used as a tool of control by one party over the other; it probably works best in extremely complicated cases where experts are needed for the children and for financial issues.

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