What Is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative divorce is an alternative to traditional divorce that uses a team approach, and helps spouses work to resolve their differences fairly -- without a court fight.

  • A non-adversarial process - being practiced around the world -  dedicated to helping families resolve disputes without resorting to the judicial system.

  • There is a pledge by all involved not to litigate (go to court for decision-making), and the mandatory withdrawal of both attorneys and other team professionals if either party litigates.

  • A divorce in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. 

  • Requires no court proceedings, no depositions, no subpoenas.

  • Emphasizes personal privacy-often a casualty of a traditional divorce.​

  • The parties - NOT a judge - creatively self-determine the best way to provide financial support, allocate assets and care for children.

  • Uses neutral experts that may result in a less expensive divorce proceeding.

  • A divorce process that empowers parties to self-determine a solution that is in their family’s own best interest.

  • A process that saves post-divorce relationships. 

  • Relies on voluntary, free and open exchange of information.

  • All professionals are committed to using their best skills in reaching agreement without having to resort to judicial decision-making.

  • A balanced commitment to respect both parties' shared goals.

As a Divorce Financial Planner, David Smith is excited to be a founding general member of the Northwest Florida Collaborative Law Group  - an organization of like-minded legal, financial, and mental health professionals all additionally trained in Collaborative Divorce.

 Click here to contact a local collaborative professional to find out if this process is right for you. ​ 

We can work side by side:

  • with an individual client - either with or without an Attorney, 

  • with a couple (as a Financial "mediator" and Neutral) - with or without Attorneys,  

  • or through the full Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Process of Collaborative Divorce (as a Neutral Financial Professional).

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David Smith

CDFA®, CQS™, MAFF®, ChFC®, CASL®, D.M.D., Ret LtCol, USAF


Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®
Divorce Financial Planner

Certified QDRO Specialist™

Master Analyst in Financial Forensics®
Collaboratively Trained Divorce Financial Neutral
Sand Oak Divorce Solutions, LLC
Panama City, Florida

During this COVID-19 situation, Sand Oak Divorce Solutions is here to serve you, open and fully operational. We are available to answer your divorce related financial questions, hold strategy sessions and financial mediations, and to navigate your divorce process and assist with your post-divorce transition either by phone or through our online capabilities.