What are the pros and cons of collaborative family law in Florida?
Oh no! First with a manifesto, now pros and cons! Has Mr. Jones lost his mind?
After several years of family law litigation, the loss of my mind could be near, but just in the nick of time comes a new philosophy. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to read about why I’m eliminating litigation from my law practice. Knowing some of you will not read it (because I can be very long-winded on a computer keyboard), here are some quick pros and cons to choosing a collaborative family law approach to marital legal troubles.
To be sure, collaborative family law is not the only way to approach your marital dispute in Florida. In fact, I suggest that it is unethical for me to withhold the other options from clients at the initial consultation. And I believe it is unethical for attorneys, who do not recognize or refuse to accept collaborative law, to fail to tell clients about the collaborative family law option. In Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, there are dozens of family law attorneys ready and willing to throw down the gauntlet and take you to war against your spouse. Maybe that’s what you need to find closure – vengeance or the last word. That’s fine, but I’m not going to help you consume public court resources to get back at your spouse. Mediation is another option, usually ordered before the case may be set for final hearing, but even mediation can be a challenge – you only get a couple of hours, and one nasty exchange about the mistress (or histress) will cause the mediation process to implode.