Collaboration in Tampa
Collaborative practice is a legal process enabling divorcing couples to work with their own lawyers and other family professionals to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both spouses and their children without the underlying threat of litigation. The parties pledge to be transparent, meaning that they will be open and honest regarding all issues in their divorce, like their finances and matters that affect custody. A mental health professional guides the team towards resolution, recognizing emotional and psychological pitfalls that could derail the negotiations. A financial professional helps the parties to compile discover, understand financial issues, and prepare schedules for equitable distribution, alimony, and child support. The goal of collaborative practitioners is to aid spouses in the restructuring of their family in a way that meets the parties’ and children’s best interests.
Not only are the attorneys of Open Palm Law collaboratively trained, but they train other professionals and speak on issues related to collaborative practice. Additionally, sister company, Open Palm Press, publishes books on collaborative practice, and the attorneys of Open Palm Law write frequently on the subject. Hire Open Palm Law for your collaborative divorce.
FAQs for Collaboration
What professionals are involved in a collaborative divorce?
Typically, in a collaborative divorce, each spouse is represented by his/her own attorney. The team also usually consists of a mental health professional and a financial professional. Other experts like child specialists or appraisers may also be included.
Is a collaborative divorce more expensive than a litigated divorce?
Not usually, although it can be. Because a collaborative team works together to help a family resolve their matters as quickly as possible in a way that meets each party’s most important goals and interests, collaborative divorces are often less expensive and take less time than litigated divorces.
Can my collaborative attorney also be my litigator if I am unable to resolve all my issues out of court?
No. Although the attorneys of Open Palm Law are trained as both litigators and collaborators, if you retain their collaborative services and sign a collaborative participation agreement, your collaborative attorney must withdraw from you representation if you are unable to resolve your matter collaboratively and must litigate. Because of this pledge to withdraw, collaborative attorneys are committed to resolving your matter without going to court.
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“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016
JORYN JENKINS | FOUNDING PARTNER,
TRIAL ATTORNEY, COLLABORATIVE ATTORNEY
Open Palm in Tampa, Florida is proud to present our firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins. Please take a moment to read about her qualifications to assist you. We also invite you to view her resume.
In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…