What is Collaborative Practice?
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resorting to litigation. While Collaborative Practice is widely applicable and there are Collaboratively trained professionals working in many areas of civil law (for example, one CPC attorney provides Collaborative services in trust and estate matters), CPC professionals have come together around a shared commitment to the multidisciplinary application of Collaborative Practice to the resolution of family disputes. Though we often use the term “Collaborative Divorce” (and we do offer “Collaborative Divorce” services), we prefer the more inclusive term “Collaborative Practice,” since our work is not limited to divorce, but rather spans the gamut of domestic relations issues.
Collaborative Practice (or Collaborative Divorce) offers separating/divorcing couples and non-married parents the opportunity to maintain control over the resolution of their disputes and the restructuring of their families. In Collaborative Practice couples hire specially trained attorneys who are committed to helping them find mutually agreeable solutions to the challenges they face. The couple also has the option to hire mental health and financial professionals, who are similarly trained and dedicated to helping them to identify and accomplish their goals. The process is based on transparency, compromise, cooperation, compassion, integrity, and a commitment to stay out of court.
Find out if Collaborative Practice is right for you…
This (free) Collaborative Divorce Knowledge Kit will help you navigate the maze of information about how Collaborative Practice works and how it compares to your other legal process options. It answers many common questions such as:
- What are the differences between Collaborative Practice and litigation? What are the pros and cons of each?
- Can you give me some case studies that show the Collaborative model in action?
- Can you give me more general information about how the Collaborative Practice model works and and how it can benefit my family?