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What is collaborative divorce practice?

As part of my practice, I have been trained in Collaborative Practice.  Collaborative practice is an innovative approach to divorce that keeps the divorce process from tearing apart a family.  In collaborative law, we seek shared solutions that acknowledge the needs and priorities of everyone involved.

Collaborative Practice, including Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, is a new way for you to resolve disputes respectfully—without going to court—while working with trained professionals who are important to all areas of your life. The term incorporates all of the models developed since IACP’s Minnesota lawyer Stu Webb created Collaborative Law ideas in the 1980s.

The heart of Collaborative Practice or Collaborative Divorce (also called no-court divorce,Ӕ divorce with dignity,Ӕ peaceful divorceӔwink is to offer you and your spouse or partner the support, protection, and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of child and financial specialists, divorce coaches and other professionals all working together on your team.

In Collaborative Practice, core elements form your contractual commitments, which are to:

Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.
Maintain open communication and information sharing.
Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.


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