In a Collaborative Family Practice:
- The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter.
- The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided.
- The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement.
- Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding.
- The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding.
- The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
The goal of the Collaborative process is to:
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having courts decide issues.
- Maintain open communication and information sharing.
- Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of both parties.
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