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Information about Collaborative Practice for Clients - Page 2

  1. What will you and your spouse do?

    • First, you will each meet alone with your own lawyer to identify your concerns and learn about the Collaborative Practice Process.
    • Then you and your Collaborative lawyer and your spouse and his/her Collaborative lawyer will meet together so all four can discuss what is important to you, what concerns you have and what you need to talk about.

    • At all meetings where you, your spouse and both lawyers are present, you will follow the Collaborative Practice Process.

    • Meetings vary in length but most are less than 3 hours long.

    • Both clients and both lawyers will treat each other with respect.

    • Both clients and both lawyers will listen to each other's perspectives, interests and concerns.

    • Both clients and both lawyers will gather all of the information each client needs.

    • Both clients and both lawyers will explore all possible options.

    • You and your spouse will both focus on the future to find solutions acceptable to both of you.

  1. What will your collaborative lawyers do?

    • Your lawyer will give you legal advice.

    • Both lawyers will be honest and respectful.

    • Both lawyers will guide the Collaborative Practice meetings.

    • Your lawyer will represent you, but will also listen to your spouse. Your spouse's lawyer will represent your spouse, but will also listen to you.

    • Both lawyers are trained in the Collaborative Practice Process to manage emotional or difficult situations.

    • Both lawyers will point out unreasonable expectations.

    • Both lawyers will use clear language when speaking and writing.

    • Both lawyers will cooperate in gathering all information required or requested to let the clients reach a solution acceptable to them.

    • Both lawyers will work hard to help you and your spouse reach an agreement.

    • Neither lawyer will go to court before you and your spouse reach an agreement.

    • Once you and your spouse reach an agreement, both lawyers will help you finalize a formal agreement and obtain any necessary court approval.

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