COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW
Collaborative family law is a relatively new method of legal practice to solve marital and family legal problems. The concept is an alternative to traditional litigation, allowing families an opportunity to discuss and solve their problems with the help of attorneys and neutral professionals, such as a financial expert or mental health counselor. Through a series of meetings, the professionals guide the family to a resolution that the family designs for itself.
This new philosophy developed in the early 1990’s as an alternative to the lengthy and expensive trial path. For decades, family attorneys have offered one option – court. Spouses sign on with two attorneys and no end-date in sight, pay large retainers that eventually exhaust and require replenishment. The tools of civil procedure and spousal animosity feed the beast until one or both of the spouses are forced into settlement from bankruptcy or because they finally realize the damage caused to the children. Litigation is a toxic cycle. Mediation, limited to a few hours over one or two days with a mediator the family has never met, is hardly more beneficial.
WEST FLORIDA COLLABORATIVE LAW, INC.
West Florida Collaborative Law, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation, a consortium of attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health counselors, working together to educate our colleagues and community about collaborative law. Though this professional group is focused on family law, we anticipate growth in the near future to include other practice areas. WFCL is not a referral service, and the group does not promote any one of our members above another. Each of us runs our own business or is part of a firm.
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW IN ESCAMBIA AND SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLORIDA
If you are an attorney, financial expert, or mental health counselor, contact one of our members to learn more about WFCL and how to collaborate with us.
If you are a potential litigant, looking for a better option, visit our Professional Profiles page to meet the trained collaborative family law professionals in the Pensacola region. We look forward to helping you.