The Collaborative Process
Explained by the Middle Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
The Collaborative process begins with education and understanding that collaborative law is a solution based alternative to traditional divorce. The participants focus not on assigning blame, but on gathering the information necessary to make informed and intelligent decisions with regard to their children, property and lives as divorced persons.
The process involves a series of meetings with the clients and the professionals, which may include lawyers, coaches, child/family law specialists, and/or financial professionals, to work towards a divorce settlement agreement. The first meeting will address discussing the process and signing a Participation Agreement that requires both parties to exchange complete financial information so that each spouse can make well-informed decisions, maintain confidentiality during the process so that each spouse feels free to articulate his or her concerns and set forth the terms of how the process will be conducted.
The next time the parties meet, they will begin discussing specifics with regard to the issues in their divorce case that need to be addressed. The complexity of the case and the issues involved will determine how many meetings are necessary, but will culminate with the signing of a settlement agreement so that your case can be settled in a dignified and efficient manner.