Collaborative Practice

What is Collaborative Practice?

  • Client centered process that involves non-adversarial and creative problem solving.
  • Educates the clients and supports their becoming fully informed.
  • Focuses on the needs and interests of the clients
  • Helps clients work through legal, financial and emotional issues
  • Encourages and supports mutually acceptable agreements
  • Demands honesty , integrity, respect and transparency

Role of collaborative attorney

Karen Fenchel helps couples communicate respectfully to create outcomes that support family values and goals.

Problem Solving, not confrontation

  • Problem solving with professionals where parties create their own solutions
  • Professionals help to focus on hopes or goals
  • Parties learn to understand each others concerns through:
    • – Gathering and exchanging information
    • – Exploring a wide range of possible choices
    • – Reaching solutions acceptable to both

How will this happen?

  • You, your spouse and the professionals will sign an agreement not to go to court.
  • You, your spouse and your collaborative professionals will meet together as often as necessary
  • You and your spouse will each select an attorney and a coach. Together you will select a financial specialist and, if appropriate, a child specialist.

Benefits of Collaboration

  • You have the chance to create an agreement well suited to your needs and those of your family.
  • Collaboration is a less stressful way of resolving your divorce or separation issues.
  • You control your decisions.
  • You may improve communication between you and your spouse
  • Collaboration focuses on creative problem solving rather than blaming and revenge.
  • Clients and professionals work together to arrive at a settlement agreeable to both of you.

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