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FAQ2 The Collaborative Team

A Collaborative team is the combination of professionals that you choose to work with to resolve your dispute. It can be simply you and your Collaborative lawyers. Or, in addition to your Collaborative lawyers, you can choose to
include a neutral financial professional, one or more coaches, a child specialist or other specialists you and your spouse/partner believe would be helpful. Your “Collaborative team” will guide and support you as problem-solvers, not as adversaries.

FAQ4 Minimizing the Hostility

The guiding principles of Collaborative Practice are respect, dignity, openness and fairness. This respectful tone encourages you to show compassion, understanding, and cooperation. Collaborative professionals are trained in
non-confrontational negotiation, helping keep discussions productive. The goal of Collaborative Practice is to build a settlement on areas of agreement, not to perpetuate disagreement.

FAQ5 Collaborative Practice Step by Step

When you decide on Collaborative Practice, each of you hires a Collaborative Practice lawyer. Everyone agrees in writing not to go to court. You will meet privately and in face-to-face talks with your Collaborative professional team,
which may also include coaches, financial professionals and/or child specialists.  All meetings are intended to produce an honest exchange of information and clear understanding about needs and expectations, especially
concerning the well-being of children. Mutual problem-solving by all parties leads to the final agreement.

FAQ6 Is Collaborative Practice Faster?

Your situation determines how quickly your collaborative process proceeds. However, Collaborative Practice can be more direct and efficient. By focusing on problem-solving—instead of blame and grievances—there’s an opportunity to strive for respectful results. Full disclosure and open communications assure that you cover all the issues in a timely manner. And since you settle out of court, there’s no wait for the multiple court dates necessary with conventional litigation.  Experience shows that Collaborative Practice cases generally take less time than litigated cases.

FAQ7 Four Key Elements

Collaborative Practice (which encompasses the terms Collaborative Law, the Collaborative process and Collaborative divorce) has four key elements:

1. The voluntary, free and open exchange of information.
2. The pledge not to litigate (go to court for decision-making) and the mandatory withdrawal of both attorneys and other team professionals if either party litigates.
3. The professionals’ commitment to use their best skills to assist you in reaching agreement without having to resort to judicial decision-making.
4. A balanced commitment to respect both parties’ shared goals.