Why Choose Collaborative Family Law?

Why should you choose collaborative family law for a Florida divorce?

In some instances, the number of reasons to divorce a particular person might outnumber the reasons to marry such person in the first place. However, there will always be plenty of reasons to choose the collaborative divorce process over the litigation method. I read an appellate opinion issued about one month ago by the First DCA that highlights the value of the collaborative process.  In that appellate case, the trial court ordered one party to pay a prior balance owed for alimony to the other party, but both parties disagreed as to the calculation used by the trial court.  The disputed amount of $6,064 was likely less money than the amount each side paid to appeal a decision that they both disagreed with.  It is quite possible that had the parties proceeded through the collaborative divorce process, not only could they have saved themselves from having their differences appear on the internet, but by sharing a single accountant, the arrearage may not have been subject to dispute.

I have sometimes heard the remark that the more lawyers there are in a case, the longer the trial will take.  If there is some truth to that, then it is no secret that when parties duplicate their resources on either side of the aisle, the potential for disagreement will likewise increase.  Part of the collaborative process is to remove the scoreboard so that nobody has an incentive to obtain points to the detriment of the other.  Where parties want to get the amounts correct rather than trying to “win,” there may be much savings of time, effort and stress by using a process that facilitates agreement by consolidation (collaborative) rather than a decision by contest (litigation).

Stephen Pitre is a collaborative family law attorney in Pensacola, Florida.