The collaborative practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. You make decisions – not a judge. Each spouse’s attorney must be trained in the collaborative process. Attorney Joan Berry Nassar, a member of the Brevard Collaborative Association, has been trained in the collaborative process since 2007.
American Bar Association approves Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) in 2024
On February 5, 2024, a significant resolution regarding the Collaborative Process was approved by delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA). This resolution highlights the endorsement of the Uniform Collaborative Law Rules and Uniform Collaborative Law Act, initially established by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws back in 2010. The ABA now recognizes these rules and act as appropriate frameworks for states considering the adoption of specific substantive laws related to collaborative law.
It’s worth noting that a similar resolution was proposed to the ABA in 2011, but it was not adopted by the House of Delegates at that time. This was largely due to objections from certain sections regarding the Collaborative Process. However, it’s clear that times have changed, and there’s been a concerted effort to promote and advocate for the Collaborative Process. Individuals such as Kevin Scudder, whose memory we honor, dedicated themselves to advancing this cause. Their efforts culminated in the successful presentation of the resolution to the ABA once again, this time without opposition.
The adoption of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) Resolution by the ABA marks a significant milestone. It serves as a catalyst for more states to consider and potentially adopt the UCLA. We believe that this approach offers numerous benefits for families, the judicial system, and professionals working in the family law arena.
Contact our experienced collaborative lawyer
At the Law Office of Joan Berry Nassar, P.A. in Melbourne, we are committed to championing collaborative practices and providing our clients with the support and guidance they need during challenging times. Contact us today or call us at 321-405-0042 to learn more about how collaborative law can benefit you and your family.
Read more about the collaborative process here to decide if it is right for you and your spouse. See also Florida Statutes 61.55-61.58.