Collaborative Practice- A Different Way to Solve your Legal Disputes

Finding a solution to your dispute does not have to be full of stress and pain for you and your family. What one Minnesota attorney started in 1990 has spread throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. The reason? Collaborative Practice just makes sense. It is a smart and humane way to solve problems.

  • The traditional adversarial litigation model pits the two sides against each other in a legal contest. While this can be an effective dispute resolution method, it also can be very difficult on the parties, and it can further damage any relationship the parties still have. When there are children, this can be damaging to the ability of parents to work cooperatively after the divorce.
  • In the Collaborative approach, the two sides cooperate in finding a solution to their mutual problems – crafting a settlement that both parties feel is fair and equitable to themselves and each other. This approach emphasizes building communication skills, joint problem solving, and preservation of constructive and necessary (such as co-parenting) relationships – all things that will help both people down the road.
  • A full spectrum of Collaboratively trained specialists is available to help you through the process, including divorce coaches, facilitators, child specialists, and financial specialists. The end goal is to not only get the job done, but also give you the support you need in order to explore the options and uncover the best solutions for you and your family.
  • In Collaborative Practice, your Collaborative attorneys and other professionals structure the process to promote healthy, non-threatening, communication. In this setting, people can call upon their “higher selves” and more easily recognize what is respectful, fair and just. When the threat of hurting each other is eliminated, people can let down their guards, effectively listen and discover wonderfully creative solutions.
  • The professionals on this web site have all received special training on how to conduct Collaborative Practice. Most of the members on this site are also members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and have met the stringent standards involving additional training in collaborative practice. See CollaborativePractice.com to view the IACP website.
  • To view a 5 minute informational video on collaborative law, go to: http://www.yoursocialworker.com/videos/CFL-direnfeld.wmv

You are invited to contact any of our members to find out more on how Collaborative Practice can help you thorough what is already a difficult time for you and your family.