Collaborative Family Law Attorneys
An alternative process for resolving difficult family issues
Separation, divorce and family disputes are never easy. But, with the help of collaboratively trained legal, financial and mental health professionals, conflict can be reduced, and the economic and emotional strain of litigation is avoided.
Collaborative family law offers an alternative, less adversarial process to resolve property division and child custody issues by problem solving and negotiation outside of the courtroom. The combativeness of litigation is replaced by a cooperative process that gives families resources and options unavailable in traditional divorce models. The process ensures that everyone's ongoing needs are considered to empower families to transition successfully into a new life by preserving the dignity and respect of relationships beyond the resolution.
Work with a collaborative law pioneer
Connie Byrd is a trained attorney in collaborative family law. She is also a Florida Certified Public Accountant, which allows her to bring an exceptional background in business and family planning to her practice.
Through the collaborative process, Connie works together with her client and the other collaborative law attorney and his/her client to identify what's important to each person and what both parties want to preserve, without it becoming litigious. Control is placed in the hands of the parties involved, rather than a judge, for a more positive, more cost-effective method to dissolve a marriage or solve other difficult family issues.
The collaborative family law process
The primary goal of the collaborative family law process is to reach a settlement that benefits the entire family. The process is client-driven, rather than attorney-driven. The process typically involves both parties doing the following:
- Hiring attorneys who have been trained collaboratively
- Agreeing to avoid litigation through cooperation and negotiation
- Committing to full disclosure of all relevant matters, including assets and income for support, alimony and equitable distribution purposes
- Agreeing not to give up if negotiations become difficult
- Relying on a team of collaborative specialists, such as attorneys, financial advisors, therapists, child counselors and more
- Committing to a caring and principled approach to co-parenting problem solving that is in line with their children's best interest, providing shared access for custody and visitation.
With both parties working transparently, putting all information out in the open, the end result is an agreement that everyone has helped to build. There is no one party versus the other party in adversarial court proceedings, which lends itself to withholding information. The agreement reached through collaborative law is then filed with a court of law to officially dissolve a marriage or partnership.
Studies have shown that adversarial proceedings can ultimately cause long-term emotional and financial damage, including multi-generational impact. The collaborative process focuses on respect, which allows you and your partner to create an environment where you and your children can thrive.
Learn more about collaborative family law
We invite you to contact Connie Byrd at 904-731-0990 to learn more about the benefits of collaborative family law. You can also find more information at the websites listed below.