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What are these new terms: Collaborative Law, Collaborative Practice, the Collaborative Process, and Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Practice has three key elements:

  1. The voluntary and free exchange of information.
  2. The pledge not to litigate (go to court) and withdrawal of both attorneys and other team professionals if either party litigates.
  3. A commitment to respect for both parties’ shared goals.

Collaborative Law describes the legal component of Collaborative Practice, made up of you and your attorneys. Collaborative Divorce usually includes other professionals, in addition to your attorneys, such as coaches, child specialists and financial specialists. Collaborative Practice can also apply to disputes involving employment law, probate law, construction law, real property law, and other civil law where continuing relationships exist after the conflict has been resolved.