What is Collaborative Practice?
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties agree to achieve settlement without involving the court. Collaborative Practice provides you and your spouse or partner with the support and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Coaches, custody and financial specialists all work together with you on your team to help facilitate resolution that is fair and acceptable to both parties.
In Collaborative Practice:
- The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
- The parties voluntarily disclose all financial and other information which is relevant and material to the issues involved;
- 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 who is collaboratively trained and whose representation terminates if either party pursues litigation;
- The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
- The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
In Collaborative Practice, core elements form your commitments to this process, which are to:
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues.
- Maintain open communication and information sharing.
- Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.
For more information:
Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore
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