Collaborative Practice, like mediation, allows clients to work together to respectfully resolve disputes outside of court, seeking options that will serve the interests of all clients and other affected persons. If there is to be a continuing relationship among the participants, and creates the possibility for a positive one.
The Collaborative Practice model involves the building of a team of professionals around the client, each having, at the least, their own attorney as the foundation of the team. The process takes place through a series of regular meetings in which the clients have their professionals present to assist them.
All of the professionals are retained with the sole purpose of helping the couple reach an agreement; none of them is permitted to “represent” either person in court.