How Does the Collaborative Process Work?

In the Collaborative Process the clients meet with their Attorneys individually and in four way meetings. A four way meeting is a meeting where both spouses and their attorneys meet to resolve outstanding issues and work toward an enduring and equitable separation agreement and divorce. In Collaborative Divorce the Attorneys and Clients may work with Coaches, Financial Planners and Child Specialists to assist the parties through the process.

The Coaches meet with their respective spouse to assist them in working within the framework of the Collaborative Process and in working on issues that may impact negotiating the divorce and coming to a final resolution. Coaches will see their client individually and may meet with the other coach and spouses in four way meetings.

The Financial Consultant will meet with the spouses to assess their finances and evaluate what impact the divorce will have on their future financial outlook.

The Child Specialist will meet with the couple to discuss issues involving the children and how the pending divorce is impacting on the children. The Child Specialist may also meet with the child to assess the situation and to obtain the child’s perspective and input.

The Attorneys, Coaches, Financial Consultant and Child Specialists communicate with one another and work together to collaboratively assist the couple to reach a divorce agreement.

The Attorneys have been trained in the Collaborative Process, dispute resolution and mediation.

The Coaches are Mental Health Providers, Social Workers or Counselors who have been trained in the Collaborative Process, dispute resolution and mediation.

The Financial Planners are Accountants or Certified Financial Planners who have been trained in the Collaborative Process, dispute resolution and mediation.

The Child Specialists are Mental Health Providers, Social Workers or Counselors who have been trained in the Collaborative Process, dispute resolution and mediation and who have training in working with, evaluating and counseling children and parents.

What distinguishes the Collaborative Process from Litigation?

The Benefits of the Collaborative Process

Frequently Asked Questions