Registration for the March 2013 Tampa Bay Collaborative Family Law Training has just opened. The training will provide mental health professionals, attorneys, mediators, and financial professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully utilize the collaborative process for families who are facing issues of divorce, child custody, paternity, and the like.
The training is co-sponsored by the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group, and will take place at the Tampa Club in Downtown. Basic/refresher training occurs on March 21-22, 2013, while advanced training is set for March 23, 2013. You can find the registration packet at the following link:
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All divorces are comprised of legal, emotional and financial issues. Collaborative law offers an alternative, non-litigated, non-adversarial process. It utilizes an interdisciplinary team made of specially trained professionals who meet in a series of “team” meetings to help the couple resolve their issues in a civil and respectful manner. The “team” is made up of two attorneys, one neutral mental health professional and one neutral financial professional who work with the parties in a series of joint meetings. The parties voluntarily agree not to litigate, obviating the need for depositions, subpoenas or opposing experts. The attorneys advocate for their clients, but they share in the common goal of facilitating mutual agreement between the parties. Financial costs may be lower and the emphasis is on cooperation and family privacy. Either party may terminate the process and pursue traditional litigation in which case the entire team is disqualified from representing the parties in subsequent litigation. The collaborative law process allows the professionals to guide the couple through their divorce in an environment grounded in good faith, cooperation, integrity, honesty, transparency and professional ethics. The parties are empowered to determine their own unique resolution, collateral damage is significantly minimized and post-divorce familial relationships are enhanced relative to the traditional divorce process. The inclusion of the mental health professional in the divorce process is often the most critical component to a successful outcome.