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What is Collaborative Practice?


  • Client-centered and non-adversarial problem-solving.
  • Client-controlled.
  • Based upon active participation of the clients.
  • Based upon constructive communication.
  • Designed to foster a safe working environment.
  • Educates the clients and supports their becoming fully informed.
  • Focuses on the needs and interests of the clients.
  • Requires the consent of each client for agreement.
Collaboration requires that all participants sign an agreement that:
  • They will not undertake any contested court procedure during the Collaboration.
  • Undertaking any contested court procedure terminates the Collaboration.
  • Upon termination of the Collaboration, the aligned Collaborative Professionals are prohibited from participating in any aspect of the contested court proceeding between the clients.

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