How the Collaborative Process Works

Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.

Once the parties make the decision to use the collaborative process for their divorce or other family law matter and have hired their respective attorneys, all of the parties execute an agreement, usually referred to as a “Participation Agreement,” which governs the entire collaborative process. In this agreement, the parties and attorneys agree to suspend any court intervention, and that the attorneys must withdraw from representation if the process is terminated, which can occur either by the decision of one or both of the parties, or by one of the parties initiating substantive litigation proceedings.

Next, experts such as mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial experts join the process, as applicable, to assist in the gathering and exchange of information, which must be fully disclosed by both parties.

The parties and all professionals then schedule and attend group meetings to address the issues of the case and reach a resolution that is mutually beneficial to all 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.


Greene & Greene, Attorneys at Law, is your destination for Family Law, Collaborative Divorce, Probate (Estate) and Trust Litigation, Probate Administration, Estate Planning, Guardianship Litigation and Guardianship Administration, and serves clients in and around St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Largo, Seminole, Pinellas Park, Palm Harbor, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Hillsborough and Pinellas County.