What are the benefits of collaborative?
There are many benefits to you of making the collaborative choice:
Video: How Did It Develop?
Collaborative law is one of the most important developments in the American legal system in the past 25 years, yet it is largely unknown to the Florida public. It started to develop in the 1990’s in Minnesota and in 2007 the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws created A Drafting Committee on Collaborative Law. Since then 18 states have adopted collaborative legislation including Florida.
Collaborative practice has spread world-wide. It is being practiced in countries all over the world. The brief video right provides an excellent explanation of collaborative law and its development.
How is it done?
The collaborative process is done in stages:
Stage 1: Setting the Framework, Committing to the Process, Making Temporary Arrangements
Informed consent to the collaborative process is obtained after a review of all the options for divorce in Florida. Motivations are clarified and any temporary arrangements regarding housing, child care and finances are established. The collaborative team is chosen and funded.
Stage 2: Information Gathering
Issues regarding the divorce are identified. The factual, legal and emotional background is developed. The parties’ interests and identified and understood.
Stage 3: Brainstorming and Option Development
Options are brainstormed for each issue, then compared against the interests identified by the parties and prioritized.
Stage 4: Negotiating and Choosing Solutions
Options are created, analyzed and prioritized. Proposed solutions are modified and refined to create resolution.
Stage 5: Drafting an Agreement, Implementation and Final Debriefing
An agreement is drafted and finalized. Required court forms are prepared and signed. An implementation plan is developed and carried out. The couple received a final debriefing.