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What is Collaborative Practice?

January 25, 2012

Collaborative Practice promotes respect and keeps the individuals, not judges, in control of the process.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Developed as an alternative to traditional divorce, Collaborative Practice is an option for divorcing couples to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. It offers couples a humane, solutions-based approach to ending a relationship.

Collaborative Practice differs from the traditional process because it promotes respect and keeps control of the process with the parties, not a judge. Because clients agree not to go to court, this method is more open and less adversarial. The goal of the process is to enhance communication and to lay the foundation for a healthier relationship during and after the divorce.

Collaborative Practice is based on three principles:

  1. The parties pledge in writing not to go to court.
  2. Both parties engage in an honest exchange of information.
  3. Each solution takes into account the highest priorities of the parties and other related persons, such as children or other family members.

Collaborative Practice can Benefit Your Entire Family

  • Better for your children. Children are given a voice in the process, minimizing potential trauma that can sometimes last for generations.
  • You remain in control. Decision making is directly in the hands of the parties involved in the dispute rather than the hands of a third party, such as a judge who makes decisions based on a “one size fits all” directive.
  • You enjoy confidentiality. Problems and assets are kept private.
  • Solutions are mutually beneficial. The collaborative process recognizes and understands each client’s needs, interests concerns and goals, while allowing all parties to be heard.
  • Focus on the future. Collaboration changes the notion of a legal conflict from adversarial and win/lose to a problem-solving constructive process.

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