Collaborative Practice can best be described as an interest-based negotiation that occurs between the parties. This process is best suited for those who would like to proceed in a non-litigation environment, but who want attorney representation in that process and wish to create an all-inclusive plan for how they will proceed as they enter the next phase of their life. This process can also be used to address pre/post nuptial agreements, domestic partnership agreements and conflicts which occur after a divorce.
The parties engaged in the Collaborative Process will be informed about the law concerning each issue; however, the law may or may not be the standard that the parties use to resolve issues between them.
Among the benefits of the Collaborative Process is that each party’s attorney works as part of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and financial neutrals. The health care professionals are licensed health care individuals who identify impediments to the process and/or raise certain emotional concerns that need to be addressed. The financial neutral assists the parties in analyzing current spending and saving practices and prepare future budgets for the two new households that will need to be supported.
In resolving family related disputes in the collaborative model, the parties are able to achieve results that are based on their mutual concessions and family’s shared interests.