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Does the Collaborative Process “really” work?

Statistics on Collaborative Divorce in Florida

In 2010, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) released the results of a 4 year study on Collaborative Practice. The results were based on information gathered from collaborative professionals who filled out a survey at the end of their case. The IACP Research Committee collected 933 surveys from throughout the United States and Canada, 97% of which were for divorce cases.

In the aftermath of this research project, the IACP offered grants to local and statewide practice groups so that they could begin gathering data. FACP was awarded a grant to collect similar data from Florida’s Collaborative Professionals resulting in 101 State-Wide responses from December 16, 2013 to January 31, 2018.

North America Collaborative Cases Statistics by IACP

Remarkably, the IACP found that 86% of collaborative cases ended in a full resolution of all issues, while an additional 2% ended in reconciliation between the clients.  Of those cases that terminated prior to a full agreement, 14% included at partial agreement between the clients, narrowing the issues that needed to be addressed. Based on IACP’s 2010 report on their 4 year study.

Outcome of 933 Cases

Florida Collaborative Cases Statistics by FACP

Type of case:

  • 93% of cases were divorce
  • There were also the following responses:
    • Paternity (1 case)
    • Post Judgment (2 cases)
    • Pre-Nuptial/Post-Nuptial (3 cases)
    • Same Sex Separation (1 case) – Note, this survey was opened before same-sex marriage and same-sex divorce were widely recognized in Florida.

Outcome of 101 Cases

Length of Cases

Cases Involving Children

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What Florida is Saying About Collaborative:
“There are a lot of reasons to like Collaborative Divorce. Divorce is one of the worst times in anyone’s life. By the time someone consults an attorney they are wrapped up in anger, fear and regret. The Collaborative Team helps craft a comprehensive, tailor made Marital Settlement Agreement; the neutrals empower spouses to creatively redefine a positive vision for their future. All that without an expensive, exhausting, stressful, time consuming, anger driven courtroom battle. What’s not to like?”
Julia Best Chase, Esq. , The Law Offices of Julia Best Chase, P.A.
“Collaborative Divorce is constructive work. One client told me, ‘I was surprised that we were able to listen to each other as well as we did. The professionals were active in helping us hear each other.’ Another remarked, ‘The process gave me insight. The team cleared up any questions we had. We were goal centered and common ground was easy to find.’ Another said, ‘The most amazing thing was how we were all on the same team, the neutrals and our lawyers –and both of us–just trying to get this resolved. I learned how to communicate with him,to calm down, and to think about the words I would say that could make our discussion better….”
Joryn Jenkins, Esq., Open Palm Law

Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals

As a Florida statewide membership organization of Collaborative Professionals, we strive to create a culture in which the Collaborative Process is the prevailing method for the resolution of disputes beginning with family law and evolving into other areas of law, including: divorce, custody or timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, equitable distribution, pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, probate disputes, guardianships, elder law, etc.

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