COLLABORATIVE LAW is another legal process option to reach a Separation Agreement. Like mediation, both parties have to agree to use the collaborative process. In this process, each party is represented by a lawyer, properly trained in the collaborative process. The lawyers assist the parties to negotiate the terms of a Separation Agreement. The parties sign a contract stating they will not proceed to court, but will negotiate all the issues to settlement. The negotiation is interest based, as described above. The parties and the lawyers form a “team” to problem solve. The “team” can also involve other professionals such as therapists, counselors, social workers and financial experts, if needed. The collaborative process consists of a series of settlement meetings to work through the interests of the parties. Once the parties have reached an agreement on all issues, a Separation Agreement will be drafted and signed by the parties. 

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