Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.
In Collaborative Law cases, each client hires their own attorney to advocate solely for that client, and an attorney does not owe a duty to, or have any type of attorney-client relationship with the other party of the collaborative process. However, unlike traditional litigation, all communications related to the collaborative process are confidential, and cannot be used in any future court proceeding.
The defining feature of collaborative divorce that makes it unique from other forms of alternative dispute resolution is that the attorneys hired must agree to withdraw from representation if the parties do not reach an agreement and must proceed with traditional litigation. The rationale behind this requirement is to enhance the commitment of all participants to the collaborative process by reducing impulsive threats of litigation. In the majority of traditional family law cases, parties reach a settlement after several months or years of litigating, so the collaborative process utilizes the withdrawal rule to remove the specter of litigation, and maintain focus on achieving a full and fair settlement for the parties.
If you need assistance with collaborative divorces, paternity suits, or other family law matters, please contact our office, as our attorneys have extensive experience in Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and the surrounding West Florida areas. All attorneys at Greene & Greene have attended both the basic and advanced training for collaborative law. Attorney Lee Greene is a member and past director of the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Attorneys Billy Greene and Megan Greene are members of the Next Generation Divorce collaborative practice group.