Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.
If Collaborative Law is a mystery to you, you are not alone. Collaborative Law is a relatively new model by which attorneys and other professionals act solely as resolution specialists in your family law case. Unlike traditional divorce or paternity cases where the spouses or parents are pitted against each other, Collaborative Law is a team-oriented process that focuses on reaching an agreement satisfactory to all parties, while keeping the best interests of any minor children at the forefront of the team’s focus.
In practical terms, this means that each spouse or parent retains their own separate attorney that focuses on the specific goals of their client and to counsel each client through the process. Other neutral professionals are hired to facilitate information gathering and problem solving among the clients and other team members.
The following are just some of the benefits of utilizing the collaborative process over traditional litigation:
- You and the other spouse or parent control the process and make any final determinations on your terms, rather than leaving it up to a judge who only hears bits and pieces of your unique situation;
- All discussions, negotiations, and documents are kept confidential between all of the collaborative team members, while any filings in court are matters of public record.
- Any children are shielded from the adversarial system that necessarily arises in litigation;
- Joint experts are hired to keep both parties informed so that they can reach an agreement that is mutually beneficial and seems fair to both sides, rather than spending time and money associated with engaging competing experts.
While there are several benefits to the collaborative process, Collaborative Law is not suitable for all divorce or other family law cases, and the attorneys at Greene & Greene will take the time to assess your unique situation to determine the best process for you based on their extensive experience handling both traditional family law litigation, as well as collaborative divorces.
For more information regarding the collaborative process or collaborative divorces, please visit our informative topic panel to the left, or our FAQ section listed above, and please schedule any consultation as needed. We schedule consultations by both phone and in person, and serve clients in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County and surrounding West Florida areas.