LGBTQ couples and families have unique legal, emotional and financial issues that can be addressed creatively through the Collaborative process.
In Collaborative practice, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people can work together in a private setting to focus on what matters most to them, and resolve their differences in a respectful process.
Collaborative practitioners work with LGBTQ couples to create divorce settlement agreements that reflect the needs, concerns and values of the entire family.
The Collaborative team, which includes Attorneys, Neutral Facilitator , and Financial Professionals, provides a safe, supportive and personalized process for couples to work together to make decisions tailored to their family’s needs and goals.
In the historic 2015 Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, the court determined that same-sex marriages are legal in all 50 states. While divorce for LGBTQ couples is legal in Florida, there are important differences for same-sex families.
For example, when LGBTQ couples have children together, legal issues related to the ways in which the family is formed; the legal parentage status; second parent/stepparent adoption; and the emotional concerns of restructuring non-traditional families, are all issues unique to LGBTQ marriage and divorce.
The Collaborative process can be particularly helpful to LGBTQ couples to address these issues in a safe and confidential setting, without court and the potentially uncertain and unjust outcomes.