Collaborative Law Process

Source: The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP)

The Collaborative Process is a peaceful way to resolve family, civil, business and other disputes.

The Collaborative Process engages a professional team made up of a lawyer for each party plus neutral financial and facilitation professionals to help you:

  • learn everything you need to know to make the best decisions about your future;
  • retain control over your divorce or other family matters;
  • resolve business disputes;
  • keep your dispute private;
  • plan a better future for your re-structured family;
  • continue doing business together instead of battling each other in court.

What Benefits Does Collaborative Offer Compared To Litigation?

The chart below highlights the differences between a Collaborative and Litigated Divorce. These differences can translate to any other collaborative process such as civil, business, and other family matters.


Source: IACP

Family Matters

A Collaborative Divorce happens when both spouses agree to resolve their differences peacefully, with dignity and without going to court. Each spouse retains a Collaborative lawyer. The team includes a neutral financial professional and a neutral facilitator trained as a mental health professional/mediator. All necessary information is collected efficiently. Problems are resolved privately and constructively. The Collaborative Process can be used to resolve:

  • divorce
  • parenting plans
  • alimony
  • child support
  • equitable distribution
  • separation of unmarried parties
  • paternity
  • custody and visitation
  • timesharing
  • pre-nuptial and post-nuptial (separation) agreements

Over 95% of all divorces and other family disputes are resolved by settlement, not by a judge. Participants in the Collaborative Process decide from the beginning to resolve their differences without a judge. Traditional litigation focuses on the past, on people’s worst moments. A judge’s decision won’t change the past. The Collaborative Practice is right for all families who want a better future.

Civil and Business Matters

The Collaborative Practice has its roots in peaceful resolution of family issues. The Collaborative Practice has expanded to include all types of dispute resolution—any matter that could go to a civil court can be resolved Collaboratively. The Collaborative Process can be used to resolve:

  • breach of contract
  • creation of partnerships
  • dissolution of partnerships
  • employment
  • guardianship
  • probate

The principles are the same: each party engages a Collaborative lawyer and promises to resolve the dispute without going to court.

How To Start The Collaborative Process

1. Talk

Talk to the other person (i.e. your spouse, partner, business associate, etc) about having a respectful & confidential dispute resolution.

2. Share

Share this website with the other party and the website of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

3. Contact a Collaborative Professional

Contact our office or a Collaborative Professional near you to speak with individually.