Who We Are:

The Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, Inc. is a nonprofit Florida corporation whose members are family law attorneys, mental health and financial professionals who are committed to using collaborative practice to resolve family law issues, such as divorce, without litigation.

 

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Our Mission

  • To provide a way for persons with family law related disputes to resolve their issues without court intervention.
  • To provide a forum for professional interaction, relationship building, problem solving and discussion of issues relating to collaborative practice.
  • To provide educational programs about collaborative practice to inform both the public and the professional community about collaborative.
  • To provide improved access to the collaborative process for those of modest means.

Become a Member:

 

Membership in Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida is open to family law attorneys, mental health and financial professionals who meet the membership criteria. Affiliate membership is open to attorneys who do not practice family law and related disciplines such as mediators, business evaluators, etc.

Collaborative training must be completed for membership consideration, please download an application at the link below and send it in with your nonrefundable application fee and dues payment.

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Please return application & payment to:
Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida, Inc.
c/o Christina Black, Administrator
10023 Belle Rive Blvd, #703
Jacksonville, FL 32256

The Many Benefits of Membership:

  • Monthly general membership meetings where you can network with your peers.
  • Educational programs to keep you abreast of late breaking developments in relevant areas of collaborative practice.
  • Membership in this group also gives you membership in the statewide organization of collaborates the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (FACP) and its state-wide training calendar.
  • Access to our collaborative documents’ library (currently under development).
  • Access to the FACP’s Practice Survey which gathers data on the cost, duration, and effectiveness of collaborative practice and statewide reports on statistics.

The Benefits of Practicing Collaboratively:

  • Practicing collaborative is profitable.
  • Your professional life is much less stressful.
  • A lower level of receivables and bad debt.
  • More control over your professional time and office practice since they are not at the mercy of a judge.
  • Less time spent on tedious work such as taking depositions, drafting motions to compel or waiting for a hearing to start.
  • The ability to reduce overhead and the number of office staff since the practice is not subject to scheduling according to the court docket.
  • Cases conclude faster.
  • You work with colleagues you know and trust rather than “opposing counsel”.
  • The ability to make a positive difference in your client’s life.
  • Happier clients translating into an enhanced reputation.

Community Partners Serving Veteran Families Through Collaborative Divorce

This program provides pro bono services to eligible low and modest income veterans and their families through a collaboration with Nova Southeastern University, Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Randy Heller, Ph.D.’s The Family Network, Collaborative Counseling Center and the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida and its volunteers. The Collaborative Counseling Center is a practicum site for the University. Facilitator Neutral services are provided by Marriage and Family Therapy masters and doctoral student interns. Attorneys are volunteers from Legal Aid Service of Broward County and the Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida. Financial Neutrals as also provided by this Practice Group.

The Collaborative divorce process utilized by this program is uniquely suited to the issues faced by military families such as post traumatic stress and child behavioral problems stemming from military service and Neutral Financials can address issues arising from military retirement benefits and other matters involving equitable distribution.

For more information about this program contact Randy Heller, PhD or Vanessa Romano at [email protected]

Pro Bono Program 17th Circuit

The Collaborative Pro Bono Project for the 17th Circuit is a pure pro bono program. It was established in 2019 by Nancy Brodzki, Esq., former President of this Practice group with the help and support of Judge Andrea Ruth Gundersen and Case Management in the Family Law Division of the 17th Circuit. Consumers served must meet the following criteria:

  • Both consumers are self-represented
  • Children must be involved 
  • No open dependency matter
  • No open domestic violence matter

Recordkeeping on cases and outcomes is maintained by Nancy and the Case Manager. FACES (family & Children Enrichment Services) provides co-parenting classes free-of-charge to participants who are interested.

If you are a member interested in volunteering contact Nancy Brodzki at [email protected]