What is Collaborative Practice?
- Is a process of resolving issues without going to court.
- Uses time tested and innovative problem solving approaches to resolve disputes.
- Is guided by what is important to you. Collaborative professionals ask you about your goals.
- Requires transparent sharing of information.
- Is voluntary; never court ordered.
- Has a proven track record of positive results.
To maintain the problem-solving focus of the process, the clients agree in writing that Collaborative professionals cannot assist clients in court if it becomes a contested matter; instead, clients will be provided assistance transitioning to new court-based attorneys.
Collaborative Practice is appropriate for family related matters, including, but not limited to:
- Post-decree issues
- Paternity (unmarried parents)
- 3rd Party Custody
- Grandparent access to grandchildren
- Pre-nuptial or Post-nuptial Agreements
- Wills and Estates
- Addressing issues for families of children with disabilities (e.g., financial planning for the life span, child-sensitive parenting time arrangements, building a strong foundation for co-parenting, conservatorships and guardianships)
- Family-owned business restructuring