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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