Collaborative Practice offers you the opportunity to use specially trained professionals from different areas of expertise to help solve problems. The team is carefully selected by you to meet your particular needs, and to address your specific legal matter. Every aspect of Collaborative Practice, from open communication to solutions-based negotiation, is intended to foster dignity and respect, When respect is given, self-esteem is more likely to be preserved, making discussions more productive and an equitable agreement more easily reached.
The Collaborative team members work with you and your spouse, to carefully tailor the scope and nature of the work to assure efficient use of your time and funds. For example, professionals only attend meetings requiring their expertise. The process typically includes various meetings at which you, your spouse, and your professional team members meet together to discuss the issues, make any necessary interim arrangements, and plan for information gathering. These conferences are scheduled to exchange and clarify information and to brainstorm possible options for resolution.
The collaborative interdisciplinary team meetings focus on clarifying each client`s needs and interests and developing possible solutions based on the information each client has provided. The process allows fashioning of a settlement that has been reached through mutual problem solving, taking into consideration each parties needs, desires and goals, and meets the approval of all clients. Negotiations are based upon efforts to find options that serve the interests of all clients and other affected persons, and if applicable, create the possibility for a positive continuing relationship.
Learn more about the professional roles on the Collaborative team by following the links below.