Florida Collaborative Practice

The Collaborative Process is a peaceful way for you to resolve your family, business, and other disputes.  Statewide statistics show 94% of collaborative cases in Florida were divorce cases. For FAQs about Florida Collaborative Divorce, read more here.

The Collaborative Process engages a professional team: a lawyer for each party, a neutral financial professional, and a neutral facilitator. The team helps you:

  • Learn everything you need to know to make the best decisions about your future;
  • Retain control over your divorce or other family matters;
  • Keep your dispute private;
  • Plan a better future for your restructured family;
  • Continue doing business together.

What Benefits Does Collaborative Offer Compared To Litigation?

The chart below (turn sideways if you’re reading on your phone) highlights the differences between a Collaborative and Litigated Divorce.  Read more here about potential cost savings to couples who choose to collaborate rather than litigate.

What Is Florida Collaborative Practice?

parents child at beach natalya zaritskayaThe Florida Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which you and your spouse or partner settle without adversarial litigation.

In Florida Collaborative Practice you:

  1. Sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
  2. Voluntarily disclose all important information;
  3. Agree to negotiate in good faith to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
  4. Have representation by a lawyer whose representation ends if you or your spouse or partner proceeds with adversarial court action;
  5. May engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement ends if you or your spouse or partner proceeds with adversarial court action; and
  6. May jointly engage other experts if you need to do that.

Read more about the steps in the Florida Collaborative Practice here.

Collaborative Practice provides you and your spouse or partner support and guidance of your own lawyers. You stay out of court. In Collaborative Practice, you benefit from coaches and child and financial specialists working together with you as your team.

In Florida Collaborative Practice, you:

  • Negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues.
  • Communicate openly and share information honestly – no formal subpoenas, depositions, interrogatories, requests for production.
  • Create shared solutions to reach your goals and priorities.

Sources: The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP) and The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

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The Collaborative Process Is Growing Across America

Uniform Collaborative Law Act Enactment by States

The table shows states (and the District of Columbia) that have adopted a statute or rule patterned after the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA).  Click links to read the statute or rule.  Check state legislatures current sessions for new bills and updates.
State Enactment of Uniform Collaborative Law Act (as of November 1, 2021)
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