The Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA) went into effect on July 1, 2017. This creates a new alternative to litigation for family matters in Florida – the Collaborative Process. The Florida Supreme Court recently adopted Florida Bar Rules and Professional Responsibilities on the Collaborative Process. “Now that we have a Collaborative Process act and rules, I anticipate that more attorneys will offer the Collaborative Process to their clients,” said Robert J. Merlin Esq., a Coral Gables Collaborative Attorney who argued for the adoption of the rules.
The Collaborative Process is a method of resolving a couple’s differences in a family matter through voluntary settlement negotiations rather than litigating in court. The FACP has worked with the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar for over five years to achieve this milestone in Florida family law. “Married couples in Florida now have a process in which they can divorce with dignity, privacy and without destroying their family,” said Edward Sachs CPA/ABV CFF, President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The FACP Annual Conference, a gathering of over 200 Collaborative Professionals, just concluded in Tampa.
The Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals is a nonprofit statewide membership organization comprised of family law attorneys, financial and mental health professionals practicing independently and in Collaborative practice groups focusing on out-of-court dispute resolutions for families in crisis.
The video provides comments from members of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals about the impact of the new legislation.