Lee County Legal Aid Society is pleased to announce that we are working alongside the Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida. Our organization will be referring clients to participate in the collaborative divorce process. This process is undertaken prior to any divorce action is filed, in hopes of alleviating emotions and litigiousness in hopes of coming to an agreement.
Our first referral case involved our client, Ashley, who was approved for representation by our team and from there we brought her case to the attention of the Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida for possible pro bono representation.
Initially, the Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida with the idea and our executive director and Alina Gonzalez-Dockery and LCLAS Attorney Blair Deminico immediately agreed to support the initiative. The relationship was further solidified when Psychologist Deborah Silver and Attorney Keith Grossman conducted a training program for the Legal Aid attorneys and staff.
In relation to Ashley’s case, two attorneys, Keith Grossman and Sheldon Finman, psychologist Deborah Silver, accountant Todd McGee, and valuation analyst Trisch Gerber (Garthoeffner), all volunteered their time to work on a pro bono basis on behalf of the family in need.
The parties involved were attempting to create a parenting plan for their one child, aged 4 years old. Though the parties were married in 2011, the couple decided to separate in 2014 and are now involved in new partnerships and have additional children with their current partners. With limited assets and liabilities, alimony was not an issue but child support needed to be determined. All the professionals involved assisted to manage the parenting plan and the debt and child support amounts.
The couple successfully arrived at a complete settlement and parenting plan. When the legal documents were drafted, LCLAS assumed final responsibility for representing Ashley and for filing the Dissolution of Marriage matter on her behalf.
We look forward to continue to work with Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida. To learn more about the Collaborative Professionals of Southwest Florida, visit them online at http://www.collaborativepros.com/.