• Emphasizes the needs of children.
• Avoids going to court.
• Keeps control of the process with the
• Provides for open communication.
• Utilizes a problem-solving approach.
• Identifies and addresses interests and
concerns of all.
• Prepares individuals for new lives.
A PLEDGE TO COLLABORATE
The key difference between Collaborative Practice and conventional divorce is the pledge to reach an agreement instead of going to court. You and your spouse keep control of the decisions yourselves, rather than giving it up to a judge. In order to accomplish that, all of the parties consent in writing to be part of a respectful process that leads to an out-of-court resolution. With Collaborative Practice, the goal is to develop effective relationships, solve problems jointly, and prevent a court battle.
Even under the best of circumstances, communication can be strained as a relationship is ending. Yet keeping the lines of communication open is essential for reaching an agreement. Collaborative Practice provides for face-to-face meetings with you, your spouse, your respective lawyers and your team as needed. These sessions are intended to produce an honest exchange of information and expression of needs and expectations. When the issues are openly discussed, problem solving can be direct and solutions-oriented.
THE COLLABORATIVE TEAM
Going through divorce or separation can make you feel isolated and alone, unsure of where to turn for support and advice. Unlike the conventional legal process, this practice offers you a collaborative team of skilled and compassionate divorce lawyers, coaches and financial professionals. Each expert in their own fields, the team members help you manage the many aspects of divorce—the legal issues, the emotional turmoil, the concerns for children and the financial and property questions. With such support you’ll feel more in control of the process itself, and better equipped to begin a new life afterwards.
As you review the roles of your various team members, be sure to choose team members with special training in Collaborative Practice.