Collaborative Practice is a way for people to resolve their own disputes in an open and respectful manner, by reaching a mutually acceptable settlement. The parties retain Collaborative Professionals such as attorneys, accountants, financial planners, and therapists, who agree to work cooperatively to gather and share all information needed to reach an agreement. The parties and their Collaborative Attorneys agree that they will not go to court to ask a judge to resolve their dispute for them during the collaborative process. If they are unable to reach an agreement, and one of the parties decides to go to court, the Collaborative Professionals withdraw. Litigation attorneys (and sometimes, forensic experts) are then retained to take the dispute to court.