Under the collaborative model, parties utilize the assistance of counsel and a facilitator (mental health professional) to resolve all issues out of court. The parties and the attorneys sign an agreement at the beginning of the process agreeing not to go to court unless there is an emergency. By removing the risk of litigation, parties are now able to work together efficiently to reach resolutions that are best for their families and children. The parties involved will both be required to hire attorneys who have been specifically trained on the collaborative approach.
Similar to the mediation model, the parties make a commitment to resolve matters out of court and are active participants in reaching resolutions that directly impact their lives. This approach provides more assistance by allowing each party to have the assistance of legal counsel and the entire team throughout the process. After agreements are reached, the attorneys prepare all the documents needed to process the divorce and/or file agreements and orders. Check out cnycollaborativepractice.com to find out more about the process and get started.