Collaborative Law 101 – How to Begin

image001Don’t stick your head in the sand.  Divorce can be the worst experience of your life, or it can be a transformative experience where you can chart a course for well-being and family harmony.


I am not kidding. 

The Collaborative Law Process can help a family set goals, heal, move-on, and yes – get divorced.  It allows for an opportunity to work with a team together even though you may have come very far apart during your marriage.  Ask yourself:

“Do I want to have control over what happens to my family?”

“Do I want to protect as much of the marital estate as possible?”

“Do I care about the impact of divorce on my children?”

“Do I care about privacy and confidentiality?”

“Do I care about my future?”

If you answer “yes” to these questions, you are ready to begin the collaborative law process.

How do I begin the collaborative law process?

In Central Florida there are over 140 members of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida that are dedicated to the collaborative process, and to their continued education in Collaborative Law. Their dedication to this process and to the families in our community is clearly established by their commitment to meeting the needs of all families.

  1. If you are in need of a divorce lawyer, go to the website at and contact any of the collaboratively trained lawyers to make an appointment for an initial consultation. Be very clear that you are interested in the collaborative law process.
  2. If you qualify for the One Case Project (Family Income and assets are each less than $100,000) go to, click on the button entitled “Click here for a list of Participating Professionals,” and select a collaboratively trained lawyer who participates in this low-fee option, and make an appointment for an initial consultation. Let them know that you are inquiring about your eligibility for this program.
  3. If you have a family income less than $42,000 for a family of 4 or more, call the Barry Collaborative Law Clinic at 407-681-5403 for assistance.
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