Why Collaborative Works

The collaborative process works because it eliminates the obstacles often faced in a litigated dispute. Its team-based approach encourages open respectful discussion, honest negotiations, transparent exchange of information, and constructive solutions to divorce and family dispute. The process focus is to preserve the well-being of clients, children, and other relationships both during and after the process.

Privacy is of utmost importance to the collaborative process and the participants. No professional involved in the process can later litigate the matter. This means all discussions, negotiations, and exchange of information is kept private. If public filings are required every effort is taken to protect you and your family’s privacy. Alternatively, a litigated dispute requires courtroom arguments and public filings that put you and your family’s matters at risk of becoming public record and potential media source.

Benefits of Collaborative compared to Litigation:

Comparison Collaborative Litigation
Environment Supportive, team approach outside court Adversarial, courtroom battle
Process Professionally facilitated, transparent, & controllable by Parties Argumentative, court controlled
Privacy Discussions, negotiations, and interactions are kept private Matters become public record and possible media attention
Outcome Constructive with focus on solutions Often destructive with a winner and loser

How the Collaborative Process – Team Approach Works

It begins when the couple decides that collaborative is the right choice for them. Next, each client selects their own collaborative attorney to form the base of the collaborative team. The team may be joined by neutral professionals to assist with matters ranging from finances, facilitation, parenting plans, etc. The neutral professionals help the clients and attorneys maintain a transparent and respectful exchange of information.

The attorneys and neutral professionals agree not to go to court.

This ensures the process is safe for full-disclosure discussions and negotiations as the attorneys must withdraw from further representing the clients if a settlement cannot be reached and litigation is needed. This eliminates any risk that information shared during the collaborative process can be used in court.

Collaborative Team Overview

Why the Collaborative Process may be Right for You

Despite the often emotional impact of a divorce or dispute the Collaborative Process offers a more constructive resolution based on dignified negotiations, unbiased support, and privacy. The goal is to move forward while preserving the well-being of all involved as much as possible.

The Collaborative Process can apply to almost any family matter:

  • Married Couples seeking a divorce
  • Unmarried Couples separating after an established co-existence
  • Same Sex Partners seeking a divorce or co-existence separation
  • Cohabitaion matters
  • Paternity, Parenting Plans, Timesharing, or Guardianship matters
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements and Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Post-Judgment Modification matters
  • Probate & Elder Law

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Other Helpful Resources

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