Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Become a Florida Collaborative Professional
The Uniform Collaborative Process Act and the Need for Collaborative Professionals
Now more than ever, the Collaborative Process is gaining momentum in Florida with lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals assisting families navigate their divorce. On July 1, 2017, Florida’s Collaborative Law Process Act became law as Section 61.56 Florida Statutes. The Florida Supreme Court adopted Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745, providing Florida divorce lawyers with guidance as to how the Collaborative Process interacts with the court system.
These milestones have contributed to a tremendous increase in the number of Collaborative Process divorces in Florida and require lawyers to affirmatively discuss the Collaborative Process with potential clients as a divorce option.
If you are a lawyer, mental health professional, financial professional, or other professional providing services to families navigating divorce and are interested in helping people with a better divorce on their terms, become a member of your local Collaborative Practice Group and the FACP. Expand your business and your reach by joining the community of Collaborative professionals. Develop tools and resources to understand the Collaborative Process and provide clients with a healthier, more respectful divorce.
The Benefits of Collaborative Practice
Lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals who work with divorcing clients are all finding multiple benefits to Collaborative Process instead of traditional court based divorce.
As a divorce lawyer, you may find that utilizing the Collaborative Process has many of the following benefits:
- Waking up in a cold sweat the night prior to court hearings;
- Not getting paid for your work;
- Being at the mercy of court schedules;
- Enduring marathon depositions and mediations;
- Engaging with your fellow attorneys as though they are enemies;
- Apologizing to clients for unplanned delays, inefficient discovery, unavailability of “opposing counsel”; unfavorable court rulings; and
- Shouldering all the burdens of your client’s difficulties.
Instead, you can experience:
- Trusting your Collaborative professional colleagues;
- Being a member of a team that solves problems rather than making them worse;
- Controlling your own schedule;
- Empowering clients to be creative;
- Getting paid promptly for your work;
- Building a warm and supportive relationship with your professional community;
- Seeing colleagues as community members and not only competitors; and
- Creating a rewarding practice that aligns with your sense of self.
How do I become a Collaborative Professional
Join your local Collaborative Practice Group.
Complete the 14-hour Introductory Collaborative Practice training (virtually or in person).
Tell the world that you are eager to practice Collaboratively.
Share the Collaborative Process option with every potential client.
Join Your Local Collaborative Practice Group
Benefits of belonging to a local Collaborative Practice Group
- Become a member of FACP
- Get listed on both the local Collaborative Practice Group and the FACP websites
- Join an active community building Collaborative Practice
- Have access to continuing Collaborative education
- Be part of a community that encourages clients to choose Collaborative Process to resolve their disputes
- Have the opportunity to become an Accredited Collaborative Professional.
Collaborative Practice Groups of Florida
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Brevard Collaborative Association (Brevard County)
Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida (Greater Orlando)
Collaborative Family Law Group of Northeast Florida, Inc. (Jacksonville)
Collaborative Family Law Institute, Inc. (Miami)
Collaborative Family Law Professionals of South Florida (Broward County)
Collaborative Professionals Association of Central Florida (Lakeland)
Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers)
Capital Collaborative Group (Tallahassee)
Next Generation Divorce (Tampa Bay)
North Central Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Gainesville)
Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. (Panama City/Northwest Florida)
Palm Beach Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Inc.
Sarasota Collaborative Family Law Professionals
South Palm Beach County Collaborative Law Group
Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals
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