About Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice.  It begins with something you can both agree on:  respect.

The end of a marriage or relationship can be tragic enough, but the process of divorcing only adds to the pain when you and your spouse or partner come to see one another as adversaries and the divorce process as a battle that is possible to “win.”  It is common to experience feelings of confusion, anger, and loss, and to find it difficult to see an end in sight, much less to imagine a hopeful future.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.  A growing number of parting couples, along with the help of specially trained lawyers, mental health professionals and financial specialists are taking a more constructive, non-adversarial path that is commonly known as Collaborative Practice.

Collaborative Practice provides a more civil approach to resolving divorce disputes based on three fundamental principles:

A pledge not to go to court

A pledge to provide an honest exchange of all relevant information

A pledge to take into account the highest priorities of both adults and their children (if any)

Mutual respect is fundamental in Collaborative Practice.  Although your marriage may end, you needn’t resort to battle.  Divorce is always challenging and painful, but it need not destroy every good thing you once had together.  When respect is received and given in an honest, private process, it is possible to dream of a better future as you face difficulty in the present and seek to find mutually beneficial compromise.

For more information about Collaborative Practice http://collaborativepractice.com.