Benefits of Collaborative Practice- Free Public Seminar!
Benefits of Collaborative Practice
- Promotes respect and keeps you in control of the process
- Reduces conflict and negative emotions
- Helps couples focus on their most important goals
- Keeps information private so sensitive issues and finances remain out of the public eye.
- Saves time and resources by keeping the process out of court
In Collaborative Practice, the traditional approach of bargaining from a specific position, backed by threats of litigation and court intervention, is replaced by an approach that settles cases respectfully. The approach meets the needs of both parties and the children, and still involves legal counsel, but it eliminates the threat of or fear of court intervention at any stage.
The collaborative divorce process may involve a collaborative team approach, including financial advisers and mental health professionals as coaches and child specialists. The goal of the experts is to educate the parties and explore settlement options to meet the needs of both parties and their children.
This dispute-resolution process is based on a pledge in which both parties, and their attorneys, contractually agree that the collaborative trained attorneys will not go to court. The most significant aspect of Collaborative Practice is that the negotiation always includes the parties, which is often not the case in the litigation setting. Discussion of issues takes place during meetings where, at the very least, the parties and their attorneys are present. Often, divorce coaches, financial neutrals and other collaborative professionals also participate. This approach ensures that the parties are directly involved in the process and retain control over their outcome. This is the truly unique benefit of Collaborative Practice.
This process encourages creative problem solving, win-win negotiations, and resolutions that meet the needs of all members of the family. International experience indicates that the collaborative divorce process produces greater satisfaction of the parties and better results for children, and participants who are less likely to return to court to litigate issues in the future.