Collaborative divorce has one simple requirement: The spouses must each retain attorneys who focus solely on helping them reach an agreement on all issues. The collaborative attorneys are private problem-solving specialists, and they cannot be used in contested court hearings. This requirement creates a safe, non-adversarial environment so that each spouse knows that the other spouse’s attorney is not attempting to gather information to use against him or her later in court. It also ensures that resources are directed towards helping the clients reach an agreement rather than wasted in opposition research or dirty trial tactics.
There are many different models of collaborative divorce that are used throughout the world. The model that is most frequently used here in Florida involves one neutral facilitator, who generally has a mental health background, and one neutral financial professional. This model was created in Texas by, among others, Linda Solomon, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
You can learn more about Linda Solomon and the beginning of this model in the video below from Cutting Edge Law:
Next Generation Divorce, Florida’s largest interdisciplinary collaborative practice group, is bringing Linda Solomon here to St. Petersburg on September 11-12, 2015 to train attorneys, mental health professionals, financial professionals, and mediators on this model of collaborative practice. Professionals may find out more information and sign up using the following link: http://nextgenerationdivorce.com/save-the-date-two-day-introductory-collaborative-training-in-saint-petersburg-florida/.
If you have questions about how the Florida collaborative divorce process can help your family, schedule a consultation with The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., at (813) 443-0615 or fill out our contact form. Adam now practices exclusively in out-of-court dispute resolution with a focus on collaborative divorce, mediation, and unbundled legal services.
Adam is president of Next Generation Divorce, a 501(c)(3) with member attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals helping families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties. Adam is also on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida and a graduate of the inaugural class of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals’ Leadership Academy.