Thanks to the efforts of dedicated family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals, collaborative law is spreading throughout Florida, including in Pensacola.
Collaborative law, also referred to as collaborative divorce, collaborative practice, and collaborative process, is a form of private dispute resolution. In collaborative law, each party is represented by his or her own attorney, and the lawyers are there solely to help the parties reach an agreement. The concept behind collaborative divorce is that most people want to move on with their lives as quickly and painlessly as possible without messing up their kids.
The Pensacola News Journal recently ran an article featuring collaborative practice. You can find excerpts from the article, titled “West Coast Collaborative Law wants to make divorces friendlier,” below:
A group of Panhandle lawyers has started a nonprofit that aims to reduce the cost and emotional turmoil of divorces.
West Florida Collaborative Law has only been in existence for a few months, but Milton lawyer John Susko said the group already has more than a dozen attorneys, as well as financial and mental health professionals, who are helping grow the program.
The idea behind collaborative family law is that instead of spending time and money in courtrooms, couples talk out their divorce through mediation and back-and-forth discussion, Susko said.