Collaborative Family Law

What Is It?

Collaborative family law is a structured, client-centered, out-of-court process for couples embarking on a divorce, paternity, prenuptial, or other family law issue.

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What’s in it for the client?

  • Privacy, confidentiality, mutual respect and dignity.
  • Surprises to a minimum. Meetings, with defined agendas, are coordinated in advance.
  • Your team is fully invested in settlement, committing to an out-of-court resolution.
  • Often much faster and more cost-efficient than the traditional court system model.
  • Clients control outcomes, not a judge.
  • You are empowered to make the best decisions for your family long term.
  • A child-centered process, minimizing disruption and trauma if you have children.
  • Development of support resources, coping strategies and communication skills.

Who is doing Collaborative Family Law in SWFL?

The Collaborative Professionals of SWFL is comprised of the best legal, financial and mental health professionals in this area. Website:

How do you start?

  • First, you each hire a collaboratively-trained attorney.
  • These two attorneys then help you select the two neutral team members:
    • Mental Health Neutral: Identifies conflict resolution styles, facilitates communication, helps set the agendas, handles emotion as it comes up in the room.
    • Financial Neutral -Assists the team with comprehensive financial information gathering, equitable division of assets and liabilities, tax consequences and budgeting. Your partner, who may not hear it from you, is often more accepting when hearing about financial realities from a financial neutral.
  • Roadmap: Through a series of structured meetings, the team assists the participants in:
    • Setting goals;
    • Gathering information;
    • Developing options; and,
    • Achieving durable agreements.

For more information on the COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW process, our web page is

Contact us: email, or call toll free: 877-687-1392, or locally: 239-210-7516.

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