What Is The Collaborative Process And How Can It Work For Me and My Family?
The Collaborative Process is based on one simple premise – that there is a “better way” to end a marriage. Collaborative practitioners commit to ongoing professional training, sharing of best practices at monthly meetings, and adherence to the highest level of both legal and ethical requirements for the practice of Collaborative Law.
Both spouses in the Collaborative Process must engage an attorney. Signing the Participation Agreement formally begins the Collaborative Process. This is a legal document outlining the agreed-upon commitments all parties will follow.
Information gathering is an important first step of the Collaborative Process. The professionals work with you to gather and organize all of the information and documents you will need, including documentation of income, assets, debts, and any child-related issues. The Collaborative Process requires full transparency and a complete disclosure of all relevant information.
Team meetings are held with you, your spouse, and the other professionals. At these team meetings, we review your goals and interests, then work to create options for resolution of all financial and child-related issues. Team meetings are the cornerstone of the Collaborative Process where you, your spouse, and your Collaborative professionals work toward a final agreement at the same table.
Agreements are then formalized into legal documents to be submitted to your local court. Since you took an active role in shaping your agreement, there are no surprises and no questions left unanswered.
The Family Law attorneys at Graydon are trained collaborative practitioners and they ready and able to answer any questions you may have about the process.