Collaborative divorce is a private and confidential way to resolve a dissolution of marriage. Each client obtains their own attorney. This attorney should be trained in collaborative practice. The clients agree to exchange information honestly and openly. A neutral facilitator who is a mental health professional works to create an environment to resolve issues civilly. The facilitator also drafts a child-centered parenting plan. The clients may also engage a neutral financial professional who gathers and analyzes all the financial information.
"The purpose of this part is to create a uniform system of practice for the collaborative law process in this state. It is the policy of this state to encourage the peaceful resolution of disputes and the early resolution of pending litigation through a voluntary settlement process. The collaborative law process is a unique nonadversarial process that preserves a working relationship between the parties and reduces the emotional and financial toll of litigation." Florida Statute Section 61.55.
Many litigated family matters lead to ongoing costs that are not manageable for families. By minimizing the impact of conflict, collaborative practice may be a more cost-effective approach to resolving your dispute. Sometimes the dispute may be resolved faster than it would be if litigated.
Contact us for a consultation to see if the collaborative approach could work for your case. We'll discuss your family's needs - both for your children and for your financial future. We'll assist in providing information about other attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals trained in this method.