The Collaborative Process and mediation are both fantastic alternatives to litigation for families seeking a divorce, but is one method better than the other?
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is seeking a divorce from his wife of eight years. While the former Governor and current U.S. Representative currently has a prenuptial agreement with his wife, Carole, there are still issues that need to be worked out and the two are doing it Collaboratively.
Crist announced that he and his wife will use the Collaborative Law Process to settle their divorce. Using the Collaborative Process, Crist, and his wife will be able to keep information about their personal and financial life private during the proceedings.
As the Collaborative Process continues to grow in the State of Florida, this is another huge vote of confidence for both citizens and Collaborative professionals. We hope to see the Florida Supreme Court ratify the Collaborative rules soon so we can continue to help spouses divorce in a peaceful manner.
We had a very successful weekend at the AAML Florida Bar Certification Review Course. Having done this event and the May AAML event in the past I can tell you that the attitude towards Collaborative is definitely changing. We got lots of business cards and lots of prospective new Collaborative professionals.
Our booth stayed busy the entire day on Friday and most of the morning on Saturday. We had lots of people from parts of the state that don’t have practice groups talk to us and many people asking about training. We even had one untrained lawyer approach us about her having a case that would be perfect for Collaborative so we hooked her up with a local Collaborative professional.
I want to thank Deborah Day for spending all of Friday working the booth with me. Thanks to Jean Westin, Connie Byrd, Jennifer Curcio, Christen Ritchey, Nancy Harris and Mary Elias for helping out at the booth. And thanks to all of the Collaborative professionals that stopped by the booth to offer their help and support and most importantly, for talking up Collaborative throughout the conference. We had many people come to the booth after having talked to someone in the seminars.