Written by Carol G. Cooper, Esq.
In order to use Collaborative Practice for your divorce, both you and your spouse must agree to it. Also, you and your spouse must engage separate collaboratively trained attorneys. If you have already found your collaboratively trained attorney, that attorney may agree to meet with you and your spouse to explain and discuss the collaborative process, but that attorney may not discuss the facts of your case with the two of you. Another option is to direct your spouse to books or online information about Collaborative Practice and provide your spouse with a list of attorneys who are collaboratively trained who they may want to contact. You and your spouse can find collaboratively trained attorneys at https://www.collaborativepracticebaltimore.com/member-directory/#attorneys.
Once you and your spouse have decided to use the collaborative process and have both selected and engaged your attorneys, the four of you can set up an initial meeting in which you review and sign the collaborative agreement and decide what, if any, other collaborative professionals should be added to the team, e.g. a financial neutral or one or two coaches.
After the initial meeting and your team is in place, you will be ready to embark on addressing the issues of your case.