Collaborative Law

Collaborative law, also known as a collaborative process, refers to a dispute resolution method in family law that is an alternative to traditional litigation.  The collaborative divorce process is now codified in Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745, effective July 1, 2017, and in Florida Statutes 61.55 through 61.58.  The purpose of collaborative divorce is to encourage the peaceful resolution of divorce through a voluntary settlement process.

Parties usually commence a collaborative divorce process by signing a collaborative law participation agreement.  The attorney for each party must also sign the agreement.  This agreement provides for disqualification of the attorneys from further representation if litigation later occurs.  Through a series of meetings and after voluntary disclosure and exchange of important financial documents, the parties, their attorneys, and other neutral professionals, if any, work together towards reaching the best available resolution for the family.

There are many significant advantages of collaborative divorce, including reduced legal costs, quicker resolution, reduced emotional turmoil, and preservation of the working relationship between the parties.

For more information about collaborative law, and to learn if this process might be the right choice for you, please contact the law office of Patricia Sciarrino, P.A. at (772) 463-8017.

Patricia Sciarrino represents clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties who reside in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee in marital and family law matters, including the following areas:

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