Facing what might be the toughest, most fearful time of your life, is admitting that your marriage may be over. It’s a tough and emotional time. It’s hard to imagine what comes next. 1. Collaborating: What’s it all about? In common with innovative medical research, architectural design, theatre productions, collaborative family approach is a voluntary process to create some new. Synergies develop among the participants who share the interest, passion, and desire to seek the best resolution for all the family matters. They work in a supportive confidential environment. 2. It’s not for everyone. Fighting it out in public and seeking to satisfy the need to compete, control, and dominate the conversation, you will not be accepted to use this process. Not interested in sharing the value of assets or paying child or spousal support? We can’t help. 3. Confidentiality, openness and honesty build trust. Trust means your back is covered. It’s being supportive and challenged to do more for your children and family for the future. 4. There’s team to resolve tough challenges. The trained family lawyer, financial and family professionals use best practices to hold everyone accountable. Regular training and upgrading skills development keep each team member competent. Everyone works with the same set of facts towards the same set of goals. Setbacks and roadblocks are fodder for the creative mind. 5. The Participation Agreement: The signing of this contract signals the formal entry into the process. It is the pledge of each spouse and his and her lawyer to be attentive and forward-looking. The core principles governing the process include: Respectful and constructive communication among the participants ensures that each client has the opportunity to express his and her individual goals and to be heard. Timely, full disclosure of all financial and related information builds trust and a strong foundation Exchanging and jointly considering a wide range of possible options and viable ideas for the settlement of issues. The financial status quo is preserved until mutually agreeable decisions are made. Threats or actions to force a settlement are not tolerated. To learn more about the Collaborative Approach and to have your questions answered please contact Lorisa Stein directly by using the homepage button Book an Appointment or through the Contact page.