In this database, Sampson Collaborative Law summarizes Florida family law cases since 2011.
Summaries show courts’ reasoning in litigated Florida cases that:
- resulted in a reported appellate opinion,
- may or may not be factually like yours, and
- may or may not be binding precedent if you litigated your case.
Appellate decisions seldom detail:
- the emotional & financial toll on the families,
- the risks the parties took,
- differences in experience & effectiveness of the professionals,
- money & time spent litigating that preempted things they love to do, and
- flexible, satisfying, and lasting agreements they might have achieved without going to court.
How to Use the Tool
Plug keywords into the free Florida family case search tool. Get links to cases in Google Scholar. Check if later cases or publications have cited the cases.
Every family, client, and case is unique! That means you and your professionals have choices. To help you, use this tool not to fixate on legal positions, but to spark work on creative solutions.
Summaries and the linked Florida family law case opinions may give you and your professionals insight.
The collaborative divorce process enables you, rather than a judge, to take responsibility for and control solutions.
In the collaborative process, you have flexibility to achieve solutions a judge couldn’t order. As your team explores solutions, is your thinking grounded in reasonable legal principles and fairness?
When thinking about the collaborative process and other options for resolving family law issues, you may use this tool as a gut check.
Collaborative Rules and Forms
Read SCL’s blog (with links to forms) about the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms 12.985(a)-(g) for collaborative divorce. Download the 2020 Florida Collaborative Divorce Forms collected in this Sampson Collaborative Law Blog or in pdf or Word from the Florida Supreme Court Website – Collaborative Forms 12.985 Forms A – G.
Effective October 15, 2020 (corrected opinion November 12, 2020), the Supreme Court of Florida adopts new Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms 12.985(a)-(g) for dissolution of marriage using the collaborative process. Read the Florida Supreme Court Opinion Adopting Collaborative Divorce Forms 2020. The new forms are a general guide for lawyers newly engaged in the collaborative law process since the adoption of the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act and corresponding Supreme Court of Florida rule of procedure and professional responsibility. Download the 2020 Florida Collaborative Divorce Forms at Sampson Collaborative Law Blog. Thanks Florida leadership in the collaborative global community! Special thanks to Mary Lou Cuellar-Stilo, Chair of the Family Law Rules Committee, Maria Liliana Obradovich, Past Chair, Family Law Rules Committee, Joshua E. Doyle, Executive Director and Mikalla Andies Davis, Bar Liaison of The Florida Bar and to Gregory Firestone of My Florida Mediator, Rosemarie S. Roth of Rosemarie S. Roth, P.A., Anthony M. Genova, Co-Chair, Miami, Florida, and K. Beth Luna, Co-Chair of the Rules and Forms Committee, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Amy Hamlin, Chair, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Honorable Michael S. Orfinger, Chair, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Juan R. Collins, Dispute Resolution Center.