The September 7, 2012, edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal contains an article (subscription required) on collaborative family law. Not surprisingly, members of the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay were interviewed for and quoted in the article. Below are some excerpts:
“‘It’s pretty new in the Tampa area,’ said Adam Cordover, a family law practitioner and Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay board member. ‘The courts are so backed up, the judge(s) are on board with an alternative to contested divorces.’
Most divorce clients are initially unaware of the financial and emotional expenses associated with litigating their dissolution or how long it can take to get a final judgment, said Beth Reineke, a family law practitioner specializing in out-of-court solutions and president of the Collaborative Divorce Institute.
‘More and more people are opting out of divorce litigation and using the benefit of attorneys’ assistance without litigation,’ she said. ’There can be some discovery expenses and professional expenses, but I’ve had people spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in divorce litigation.’
A key in the collaborative divorce process is the required formal participating agreement, which…stipulates that if the process comes to an impasse and goes to litigation, the lawyers must withdraw and new ones hired.
‘Since their attorneys can’t go to court, the parties are more open to ideas and suggestions,’ said Cordover, a member of the task force that helped draft the judge’s administrative order. ‘They know the attorneys are not preparing and gathering information for trial.’”