The Collaborative Process
Collaborative Practice provides you with a different way to divorce or to resolve any other type of family dispute. Participating in the collaborative process gives you the opportunity to resolve your conflict without having to resort to financially and emotionally expensive litigation. Collaborative Practice is a cost-effective, problem-solving approach that can minimize the impact of conflict on you and your children. You will be supported by professionals with the right expertise to guide and inform you along the way. The results are legally binding agreements that resolve the issues facing your family. With the information and guidance you need, you are empowered to make the sound, long-lasting decisions that will impact you and your family for years. The Collaborative Practice process preserves your privacy and your dignity while giving you the best possible chance at resolving your disputes respectfully.
Resolution of Complex Issues with Neutral Collaborative Experts
Collaborative Practice includes the assistance of a mental health professional dedicated to helping you and your spouse recognize the importance of communicating effectively and respectfully in order to protect your children from the negative aspects of divorce and to assist you in making thoughtful decisions about you and your spouse’s shared future with your children and your individual future as single parent. Even when your family law dispute does not involve children, the assistance of a counselor, communication coach or other mental health professional trained in Collaborative Practice will lessen the stress and emotional impact of the conflict and help you and your spouse, ex-spouse or partner focus on making sound, thoughtful decisions with mutual respect and dignity.
Collaborative Practice may also include the assistance of a financial professional dedicated to assisting your family in navigating the unforeseen and sometimes complex financial issues that arise as a result of divorce. Untangling the family finances, distributing assets and debts are a necessary part of every divorce and can cause a great deal of stress for both parties. A financial professional trained in the Collaborative Practice process is a neutral expert uniquely equipped to provide you and your spouse the guidance you need to resolve the financial aspects of your divorce.
Making the Decision to Use Collaborative Divorce
Divorce or the ending of a long-term relationship is a sensitive and personal matter. No single approach is right for everyone. Many couples find Collaborative Practice to be a welcome alternative to the often destructive, and sometimes very expensive aspects of court proceedings. Collaborative Practice also provides Lesbian, Gay, Transgender or Bi-Sexual Couples who cannot marry legally or who are married but cannot divorce in their state or country, a mechanism for reaching a legally enforceable resolution of their issues.