On July 1st, 2017, the Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA) went into effect. This is a groundbreaking law that has gotten too little attention this past year and will have a significant impact on divorcing families by providing them an entirely new option for legal divorce.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative divorce is a process by which a divorcing couple can avoid litigation but still resolve matters relating to their dissolution of marriage, including child custody, visitation, alimony, property division, and more. This process allows a divorcing couple to resolve their differences via voluntary settlement negotiations instead of going through costly, time consuming, and stressful litigation.
The History Behind the Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA)
The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals has been instrumental in the bringing forth of this new Florida law that will help families dissolve marriages that aren’t working anymore with less cost and less frustration than traditional litigation. For over five years, the Academy has worked directly with the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar to help enact the law.
How Does the Collaborative Law Process Act Affect Florida Families?
For the past year, families in Florida have had the option to choose a Collaborative Divorce when dissolving their marriages. Similar to mediation, the goal is to work through critical issues with privacy and dignity and to resolve all matters relating to the divorce without stepping foot in a courtroom.
Although this has been an option for just over twelve months, many married couples in Florida who are seeking a divorce aren’t aware of its existence. Because litigation has been the legal standard in divorce law for so long, many people believe it’s their only choice when moving forward with a divorce.
How Collaborative Divorce Works
Both parties can choose to retain an attorney or not, however, it is highly recommended that you have an experienced Florida divorce lawyer on your side to help you sort through settlement proposals and understand what is and isn’t in your family’s best interest.
You and your ex-spouse will work together to negotiate agreements that work for both of you in regards to every aspect of the divorce, from child custody to splitting up debt. Ideally, the process will be non-adversarial and both parties will settle the divorce quickly.
Contact Sparkman Law for More Information About CLPA
Are you interested in a collaborative divorce but want to learn more about it? Contact Sparkman Law today for a consultation to find out if collaboration will best fit your unique needs. Call now at (813) 374-2000.