A Collaborative Law process begins with each party retaining two separate attorneys from law firms that are not affiliated. These attorneys must be specially trained in the Collaborative Law approach, as they utilize a very different skill set than traditional attorneys who use a positional bargaining approach. At the heart of Collaborative Law is the Participation Agreement, which must be signed by both parties and all professionals. This agreement states that the attorneys and other professionals involved are disqualified from further proceedings should an agreement not be reached through the Collaborative Law approach.
The other professionals involved in the Collaborative Law team are a Financial Neutral, Divorce Coaches and Child Specialists. Each of these professionals’ ultimate goal is to minimize conflict and cost by guiding the couple to a solution they crafted themselves.