Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Promoting a Collaborative Florida

FACP is Florida’s statewide organization of lawyers, financial and mental health professionals whose mission is to guide families to peaceful divorce without going to Court using the Collaborative divorce process.

Our vision is 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.


Board Officers and Executive Committee:

Elaine Silver, Esq., President
Robert Merlin, Esq., President-Elect
Joryn Jenkins, Esq, Vice President
Craig Fabrikant, Ph.D., Secretary
Marta Alfonso, CPA, Treasurer
Edward Sachs, CPA, Immediate Past President

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Board of Directors:

Stewart L. Appelrouth, CPA
Lisette Beraja, LMFT
Charles Cohen, Esq.
Adam Cordover, Esq.
Rebecca Fischer, Esq.
Sheila Furr, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Green, Esq.
Randy Heller, Ph.D.
Fraser Himes, Esq.
Allison Hockman, Esq.
Sonya Johnson
Carina Leeson, Esq.
Evan Marks, Esq.
Pamela Masters, Esq.
Mercedes McGowan, Ph.D.
Teresa Parnell, Psy.D.
Jerome Poliacoff, Ph.D.
Tanya O’Connor
Christen Ritchey
Jeffrey Wasserman, Esq.


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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.

State-Wide Collaborative Professionals