Collaborative law, or collaborative divorce is a relatively new method of dispute resolution. In Florida, collaborative techniques are utilized primarily to solve marital and family problems. The concept is an alternative to traditional litigation, allowing families an opportunity to discuss and solve their problems with the help of attorneys and neutral professionals, such as a financial expert or mental health counselor. Through a series of meetings, the professionals guide the parties to a resolution that they design for themselves.
Instead of seeing the justice system as means of retribution or vengeance, where the parties continue in court to argue the same points they have already discussed for month or year....the "collaborative process" asks the would-be litigants to move beyond argument and onto solutions. This process offers time-savings, privacy, self-governance, transparency. and cost-savings, among other benefits.