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New Florida collaborative divorce law goes into effect July 1

A brand new, groundbreaking, collaborative divorce law in the state of Florida goes into effect beginning July 1. The new law, called the Collaborative Law Process Act. It creates an alternative to litigation for the divorce process in the state of Florida, known as collaborative law or the collaborative process.

The Supreme Court in the state of Florida recently adopted the 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 one attorney who argued for acceptance of the rules by the court.

When using the Collaborative Process, a couple going through the divorce process will do so using a voluntary settlement method. This is the process used in lieu of heading to court for litigation. The rules have been worked on for more than five years and the process has involved the Florida Bar's Family Law Section.

The President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals said the following with regard to the groundbreaking announcement:

"Married couples in Florida now have a process in which they can divorce with dignity, privacy and without destroying their family."

Some of the benefits that couples will see when using the Collaborative Process include the following:

- Centered around the children: The best interest of the children will be at the forefront.

- Private: Unlike a court proceeding, all information is kept confidential when using this process for divorce.

- Controlled by the couple: The couple controls the pace of the negotiations and the actual outcome of the divorce.

- Team Oriented: A professional team of experts is formed to help the lawyer and the client reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce. Experts come from the fields of finance, parenting and relationship issues.

When you are headed for divorce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you will want to consult with an experienced family law attorney with a background in collaborative law.

Source: Cision PR Newswire, "Groundbreaking Florida Collaborative Divorce Law Effective July 1, 2017," June 29, 2017

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