February 9, 2017
In Re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 4-1.19 and Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745 (Collaborative Law Process)
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A new 2016 state law that allows “collaborative law process” in divorces, paternity and other family law cases will not take effect until this Court adopts the necessary rules. Collaborative law process gives parties a non adversarial alternative to traditional litigation. Collaborative law process is voluntary and private. Each party retains a specially-trained lawyer. Neutral mental health and financial professionals work with the lawyers as a team to help the parties negotiate an outcome acceptable to all. The Florida Bar and the Family Law Rules Committee recommend two new collaborative law process rules to this Court for adoption.