With the success of the first pro bono collaborative divorce, Open Palm espouses gentler alternative to matrimonial disputes

February 11 16:05 2015

Tampa, Florida – Feb 11, 2015 Open Palm prides itself on being the first law firm to achieve a pro bono collaborative divorce for a couple from Plant City, referred to them by Christ the King Church. The Final Uncontested Hearing will take place on March 5, 2015@9:30AM in front of the Honorable Judge Foster located at 301 N. Michigan Ave., Room 2016 Plant City, Florida 33563 Courtroom #2.  Collaborative divorce is a much calmer and gentler divorce process, compared to the traditional courtroom divorce, which is as stressing as it is non-modest. With collaborative divorce, churches and synagogues can now opt for a kinder and more respectful divorce process for their married members who can no longer remain married.

During their divorce negotiations, Jessica and Michael Dixon worked on resolvingtheir emotional concerns, with their lawyers from Open Palm (Joryn Jenkins and Lori Skipper) and Brandon Law (Tanya O’Connor), as well as a facilitator (Garin Vick) and a financial neutral (Sonya Johnson) assistingthe spouses. Unlike litigation and most other alternative divorce options,collaborative divorce doesn’t limit the married couple to unraveling only their legal and financial entanglements.

Jessica and Michael worked together with their collaborative team throughout the process. The lawyers acted as problem solvers and educators rather than as adversaries. The neutral facilitator was a psychologist whose role was to manage the emotional well-being of both spouses while keeping the team on track, with the financial neutral handling the financial issues.As a result, the couple learned better communication skills, lost during their marital discord.

Initially, Jessica Dixon was concerned to use a divorce process which she had never heard of. “My biggest fear… was that we wouldn’t be able to agree to anything. I was surprised that we were able to listen to each other [but it] was because the professionals were so active in helping us hear each other’s points of view. It certainly sounds different when someone else says it, even when it’s the same thing your husband just said.”

She was also surprised by how well the process works: “The most amazing thing was how we were all on the same team, all of [collaborative professionals and] us, just trying to get this resolved. I learned how to communicate with him… ”

The Dixons’ final uncontested hearing is scheduled for *** in front of Judge ***. They plan to attend together.

Open Palm wishes to establish relationships with other churches and synagogues interested in affording the kinder, gentler divorce alternative to their members of modest means.

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