The Collaborative Process is a relatively new way for divorcing couples to work with a team of trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court. This Process allows good people to be their best in a bad time. It is suitable not only for divorcing spouses, but also for domestic partners, business partners, siblings, neighbors, employers and employees in resolving conflicts and restructuring their ongoing relationships.
The process works by:
- creating a safe environment for difficult conversations;
- considering each person's needs in a series of meetings which include some or all of the professionals on the team;
- developing the information to make good decisions with the help of specialists; and
- using a creative and respectful approach to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement.
Collaborative Practice is distinguished from other methods for dispute resolution by these features:
- you have the guidance and support of your own attorney through the entire process
- this is a private, more cooperative process which will create the opportunity for you to
- make well-informed and appropriate decisions for you and your family
- make satisfactory and long-lasting solutions which result in less conflict in the future
- protect your children from the hostility and intrusion of the court process, and allow you to truly address their needs; and
- possibly save money
Among the benefits of Collaborative Practice are:
- mutually created resolutions
- durable agreements
- new tools for effective problem-solving in the future, such as for co-parenting
- professional resources to smooth transitions
- a safe environment for difficult conversations
- peace of mind, reduced anxiety
- security and privacy
- less conflict in the future
- more control of the outcome
- knowing each client did the "right thing", the best s/he could do for the children, his/her "highest best self"