Florida Collaborative Process

Florida Collaborative Process. Logo of Sampson Collaborative Law. Water drop on deep green blue water.The Florida 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 Florida Collaborative Divorce cases. For FAQs about Florida Collaborative Divorce, read more here.

Florida Collaborative Divorce Team

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

Your Collaborative Divorce 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.

Florida Collaborative Divorce Process compared to Traditional Divorce Litigation

What Is Florida Collaborative Practice?

parents child at beach natalya zaritskaya. Florida Collaborative Process and Florida Collaborative DivorceCollaborative Practice in Florida is a voluntary dispute resolution process. You and your spouse or partner can settle issues without fighting in court.

In Collaborative Divorce 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 known as Allied Professionals if you need to do that.

Read more about the steps in Florida Collaborative Practice here.

Florida Collaborative Practice provides you and your spouse or partner support and guidance of your own lawyers. You stay out of court.

You benefit from coaches and child and financial specialists. They work together with you and each person’s lawyer as your collaborative team.

The Collaborative Process in Florida helps you:

  • Negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues.
  • Communicate openly and share information honestly – no subpoenas, depositions, interrogatories, requests for production. Read more about cost savings here.
  • 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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