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What Is Collaborative Practice?

What Is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process where:

  • The parties agree to use good faith efforts in negotiation to reach a mutually acceptable outcome.
  • The parties, their lawyers and other Collaborative professionals engage in the process entering into a written agreement that during the Collaborative process the parties will not litigate or threaten litigation
  • If resolution is not reached and the agreement is terminated the lawyers cannot represent the parties in any subsequent litigation.¬†
  • The parties agree with their lawyers and collaboratively trained family and child experts and financial experts to engage in joint meetings to set goals, gather information, developed options and explore resolution.
  • ¬†Parties can choose to record agreement reached as a consent court order, a financial agreement or a parenting plan.

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