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.
The Collaborative Process Act has passed the Florida Legislature and has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. The Act creates a uniform system of practice for the Collaborative Law Process as it relates to family law matters. It encourages the peaceful resolution of disputes and the early settlement of potential litigation through voluntary settlement procedures.
The Collaborative Process is an alternative to litigation. It utilizes trained legal, financial, and mental health professionals to guide the parties through the difficulties of divorce. According to recent studies, 84% of Collaborative cases are resolved successfully, 60% within six months, and half of the cases were completed for less than $40,000 in fees.
It is believed that the Collaborative Process dramatically reduces the caseloads of our overburdened court system, saving taxpayer dollars.
After the Governor signs the Act, it becomes law thirty days after the Florida Supreme Court adopts rules of procedure and professional responsibility for attorneys.
Divorce is not only tough on the divorcing parties, but it can be most difficult on the children and family. The Collaborative Process supports and promotes the idea of being collaborative as an entire family to help achieve a more peaceful divorce. In order for the collaborative process to be successful, everyone’s feelings and voice should be heard. CLICK HERE to get some more tips on how your entire family can peacefully be involved in the collaborative process. Always remember that you can get a divorce without a fight.