Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS A COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAWYER?
In Florida, a collaborative family lawyer is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar who is committed to the process of dissolving marriages and resolving family law matters through non-litigation alternatives. Collaborative Facilitators are licensed mental health professionals who have the background, education, and training to assist families transitioning through divorce. Neutral Financial Professionals are generally CPA’s who also have specialized training in working with families in divorce.
WHAT HAPPENS IF SETTLEMENT CANNOT BE REACHED?
Both lawyers (and potentially the entire professional team) must withdraw from the case. The lawyers will assist the couple in finding new counsel who can pursue their case in court, and will work to make a smooth transition for their clients.
HOW DO I START A COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS?
Share this information with your spouse and encourage him or her to also hire an attorney who is familiar with and committed to the collaborative law process. The attorneys can then confer and schedule the first meeting to review your situation and sign a participation agreement if the collaborative approach is appropriate for your case.
MY SPOUSE HAS ALREADY INITIATED A LEGAL PROCEEDING, CAN WE STILL USE THE COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS?
Yes. If your spouse’s lawyer will agree to utilize the collaborative law process, the action can be dismissed or abated.