What is Collaborative Practice?
Is a Collaborative Process right for my situation?
- believe it is important to protect your children from the harm of an adversarial court-based process
- see the need to disclose full and accurate information about financial issues
- place a high value on personal responsibility in resolving conflict
- are able to focus on constructive solutions for the entire family
- want to create and preserve a respectful relationship with your partner after the divorce is over
How does it work?
You retain control. Though you each have a lawyer, you and your partner primarily are responsible for shaping the terms of the settlement as the key members of the team.
You gain support. You develop the settlement cooperatively with your partner while benefiting from your attorney’s experience and problem-solving skills.
You can focus on settlement. Removing the threat of litigation reduces anxiety and fear, thereby helping you focus on finding positive solutions.
You get more from your resources. The Collaborative Law process usually is less costly and time-consuming than litigation. Your agreement can be finalized expeditiously rather than waiting months waiting for a court date. If you are married, you can obtain a divorce usually within two months of signing an agreement.
You negotiate a better settlement. Every family is unique and deserves unique solutions to the issues faced during separation and divorce. The collaborative process allows you to “think outside the box” and to fashion more creative results than those handed down by a judge after a contested court proceeding.
You create the framework for a better tomorrow. There is no pain-free way to end a relationship, but by reducing stress, working in a climate of cooperation, and treating each other with respect, you and your partner can create an environment in which you and your children can thrive moving forward.