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"'It's pretty new in the Tampa area,' said Adam Cordover, a family law practitioner and Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay board member. 'The courts are so backed up, the judge(s) are on board with an alternative to contested divorces.'
A key in the collaborative divorce process is the required formal participating agreement...[which] stipulates that if the process comes to an impasse and goes to litigation, the lawyers must withdraw and new ones hired.
'Since their attorneys can't go to court, the parties are more open to ideas and suggestions,' said Cordover, a member of the task force that helped draft the judge's administrative order. 'They know the attorneys are not preparing and gathering information for trial.'"