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Non-adversarial Family Law: Collaborative
Law, Cooperative Law, and Mediation

collaborative divorce law Have you noticed that the Family Law Divisions of each county in Florida are separate from the Civil Divisions? The reason is that the family law courts are considered "courts of equity." Family courts are supposed to deal fairly and equally with all concerned whether the issue concerns a divorce, time-sharing, or child support.

collaborative divorce law However, all too often the battles that occur in family courts result in decisions that seem to be, or actually are, unfair. This may be a result of the differing lawyers' abilities, one party having a better court "disposition" than the other, or the bias of a particular judge. It also may result from decisions based on economics: one side simply can no longer afford to battle.

Macci and Kates Florida family Law Appeals -- all Florida courts, Lisa Marie Macci, Elizabeth J. Kates collaborative divorce law The focus and basis of collaborative family law (as well as collaborative law for resolving disputes in other areas of the law), cooperative law, and mediation is to make resolving disputes as non-adversarial as possible; to bring a sense of fairness and control to the process. Non-adversarial family law seeks to reach an agreement over the issues involved in a family law case without going to court, using a negotiation process rather than an adversarial process whenever possible. In both collaborative law and cooperative law cases the parties attempt to reach agreement working with each other and with the advice and participation of their respective lawyers. The parties and their attorneys also can utilize an independent mediator if desired to help them achieve an agreement and resolve their differences through mediation. What unites all three processes is the desire to resolve all the family law issues by agreement, rather than by the judge after a trial.

collaborative divorce law In a collaborative law case the parties each retain their own independent attorney. Each individual and their attorney decide if they want to try resolving their issues using collaborative law. If so, the parties meet with their respective attorneys to discuss whether they want to enter into a collaborative law participation agreement. At the initial meeting of both parties and their lawyers, the parties and attorneys outline what they view as the major issues and discuss what decisions need to be made, whether they may need other professionals, and what documents they need to review in order to reach a resolution. Once the parties have met, each attorney and his or her client decide whether they want to enter into a formal collaborative law participation agreement.

collaborative divorce law The formal participation agreement contains guidelines, including the use of neutral experts, civility to each other, and cooperation in producing necessary documents. They agree to work together in good faith. If they need an accountant, psychologist, or other professional, they may choose one at this stage. They may also agree to minimize any discussion of the action with the children of the parties. The participation agreement also states that if either party seeks court intervention to resolve their issues, both parties must get new attorneys to represent them.

Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is an association of independent Florida Collaborative Lawyers, Collaborative Family Lawyers, and Collaborative Divorce Lawyers collaborative divorce law One misconception about collaborative law is that once a person agrees to attempt to use the process they then are required to enter into a collaborative law agreement prior to or at the initial meeting. This is not the case. The parties can meet to discuss their concerns and issues. If either attorney or client believes that the differences are such that they need to resolve some issues prior to entering into a participation agreement, there is no requirement that they sign the collaborative law participation agreement at the first meeting.

collaborative divorce law In a cooperative law case, similar to a collaborative law case, the parties retain their own independent counsel. Once they decide to resolve their case in a cooperative manner, they enter into a participation agreement. The agreement is similar to the participation agreement used in the collaborative law case with both parties agreeing to work in good faith to resolve their issues through cooperative negotiation rather adversarial litigation. The difference is that when parties decide to resolve their differences using the cooperative process, neither party is required to obtain new lawyers if the process breaks down. It is also possible to enter into a cooperative law agreement after the initial case has been filed in the court.

collaborative divorce law In the mediation process a certified family law mediator works with both parties to assist in providing a resolution. Mediators may be used to help resolve one or more of the issues by attorneys using both the collaborative process or the cooperative process or they may try to resolve issues without either party having an attorney. However, although the mediator may be an attorney, the mediator may not give legal advice or represent the interests of either party.

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collaborative divorce law The decision whether to utilize collaborative family law, cooperative law, a certified family law mediator, or to proceed directly to litigation is a decision that is made by each individual after consultation with their selected attorney, and on a case by case basis. For more information see the articles on collaborative law and cooperative law on this website.


Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is an association of 
independent Florida Collaborative Lawyers, Collaborative Family Lawyers, and Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
Collaborative Lawyers, Inc. is an association of independent Florida Collaborative Lawyers, 
Collaborative Family Lawyers, and Collaborative Divorce Lawyers
Collaborative Lawyers, Inc., is a state-wide educational and professional development association and business directory of independent Florida licensed attorneys at law and family law firms who practice in the areas of non-adversarial law such as collaborative divorce and collaborative family law, collaborative probate law, cooperative law and/or mediation. The directories at this collaborative law website include attorneys serving throughout all regions of Florida, including: South Florida (Southeast Florida, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward County and cities: Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, etc.), Southwest Florida, Central Florida, East Central Florida, West Central Florida, North Central Florida, Northwest Florida, and Northeast Florida. Contact us for more information about collaborative family law.

This website is sponsored by the Palm Beach, Florida divorce law firm of Lisa Marie Macci, P.A., and by The Law Offices of Elizabeth J. Kates, Esq., Broward County family law and estate planning. Macci & Kates is an association of independent law firms who work with each other in consulting, co-counsel or of counsel relationships in selected trial-level matters and appellate cases, in order to better serve the needs of mutual clients. We do appeals from family courts in all counties and circuits, and for all Florida appellate courts: Broward, Miami-Dade. Palm Beach, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Sumter, Pasco, Pinellas, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Union, Orange, Osceola. Hardee, Highlands, Polk, DeSoto, Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Monroe, Brevard, Seminole, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee.

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licensed attorneys at law and law firms who practice in the areas of collaborative divorce 
and collaborative family law.  Attorneys serve North, Central, Southwest, and South Florida 
from the Panhandle and Tallahassee to the Keys, including Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, 
and the cities of Miami, Pembroke Pines, Hallandale, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, 
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