The State of Florida passed the Collaborative Law Process Act in 2017. It is an alternative to litigation for families going through a divorce. The Collaborative Law Process helps to resolve the differences of a divorcing couple through settlement negotiations that are undertaken voluntarily. There is no court litigation and the entire experience remains in the hands of the divorcing couple and is confidential.
The couple, along with their attorneys and other Team Members such as a financial professional and a mental health professional/facilitator meet to negotiate settlement issues respectfully, privately and in a more therapeutic setting taking into account the needs of the family. Before these talks begin, all parties sign a Participation Agreement which shows their commitment to opting out of court proceedings.
During the negotiation, documents and information are exchanged voluntarily with no need to involve court officers or serve papers. Issues involving the couple’s children are facilitated by mental health professionals who ensure that the parents remain focused on resolving issues and do not start attacking one another.
Financial issues are resolved with the assistance of a neutral expert in the finance field, such as a CPA or a financial advisor. They gather information about the liabilities, income, expenses, and assets of the couple and walks them through the negotiation process.
The attorneys involved are 100% committed to assisting their clients in reaching a settlement in the best interest of the family. In the initial Participation Agreement, the lawyers representing both sides agree that they must withdraw from representation of their clients if negotiations were to fall through, and would be unable to litigate the matter should it go to court.
Some reasons why couples would want to explore Collaborative Law include:
Divorce does not have to be a messy public affair that drags your family through the ringer. At the Estevez-Pazos Law Firm, P.A. we work together with divorcing couples to reach amicable, respectful, and private settlements which allow marriages to dissolve without making a public spectacle of your separation.
We believe that married couples have the maturity and desire to see their divorce through in a clean and efficient way that is fair to both parties. Why should you let the future of your children, finances, and assets be decided by an outside party? Collaborative Law proceedings can help you end your marriage in the cleanest manner possible.
We strive for fast and amicable resolutions to Collaborative Law negotiations but will see this process through regardless of how long it takes. At the Estevez-Pazos Law Firm, P.A., we are committed to helping you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse resolve your differences and move on with your lives in a way that does not hurt you, your spouse, or your children.
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Schedule a consultation with an experienced Miami Collaborative Divorce lawyer today. Call now for your appointment at 305-717-7130, member of the Collaborative Family Law Institute (CFLI) and proud to serve the Miami-Dade County area from our offices at 135 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 650, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.