Florida Collaborative Practice

The Collaborative Process is a peaceful way to resolve family, business, and other disputes.  Statewide statistics show 93% of collaborative cases in Florida were divorce cases.

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 instead of battling each other in court.

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 Collaborative Practice?

parents child at beach natalya zaritskayaCollaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation.

In Collaborative Practice:

  1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
  2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
  3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
  4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
  5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
  6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.

Read more about the steps in the 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 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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