Most cases in Florida are filed as litigated cases. That means that one party goes to the courthouse, files the petition for divorce, the other party then responds. Then, they ask the judge to decide. The judge sends them to mediation as is required under Florida law. After mediation the judge is again asked to decide one point or another. In a collaborative case, the parties get together with a team of professionals trained to help them make their own decisions in their family’s best interest with all the information that they need, and all the transparency they need to work out how to live the rest of their lives separate.