What is Collaborative Practice?
Collaborative Practice is an out-of-court process for resolving disputes respectfully. A non-adversarial approach, it utilizes specially-trained professionals to help participants negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution of differences by:
- Creating shared solutions, acknowledging the highest interests and priorities of all.
- Maintaining open communication and information-sharing; and
- Negotiating a mutually acceptable agreement, without going to court;
In Collaborative Practice, the participants and professionals sign a contract at the beginning of the process specifying that attorneys cannot go to court and that other professionals must remain neutral.
Is Collaborative Divorce right for me?
Collaborative Divorce might be right for you if:
- You are looking for an opportunity to receive not only legal, but also emotional and financial help, to guide you through your divorce.
- You want to work with your spouse to develop a post-divorce plan that meets the needs of all family members.
- You want a confidential divorce process that can keep details of your financial circumstances or your children’s lives private.
- You want your lawyer to serve as a trusted advisor to help you find solutions, rather than treating your divorce as a battle.
- You want to model healthy dispute resolution for your children, friends and family.
- You want to be able to look back on your divorce and feel good about both the outcome and how you handled yourself during the process.