Four Key Elements
Collaborative Practice (which encompasses the terms Collaborative Law, the Collaborative process and Collaborative divorce) has four key elements:
1. The voluntary, free and open exchange of information.
2. The pledge not to litigate (go to court for decision-making) and the mandatory withdrawal of both attorneys and other team professionals if either party litigates.
3. The professionals’ commitment to use their best skills to assist you in reaching agreement without having to resort to judicial decision-making.
4. A balanced commitment to respect both parties' shared goals.
Collaborative Practice can also be used to resolve disputes involving employment law, probate law, construction law, real property law, and other civil law matters.