Collaborative Practice provides a team-based alternative to litigation where the professionals assist the parties in resolving their dispute out of court through good faith negotiations, helping the parties turn conflict into collaboration. Each party has a collaboratively trained attorney to advise them and help them make informed decisions. The parties and their attorneys have a series of informal settlement negotiations in order to reach a settlement agreement, often incorporating the use of communication coaches, financial experts, and, where applicable, child specialists. The keys to a successful collaborative divorce are the commitment to good faith discussions, full disclosure, and making decisions without court intervention. Creating an agreement requires each party to consider solutions that also meet the other party’s needs. The professionals act as fellow problem solvers rather than adversaries, and everyone works toward consensus. All of these aspects combine to create a process with higher integrity and lower emotional cost than a court-based divorce.
When I began my divorce process, I was certain of two things: I wanted to do it collaboratively and I wanted my lawyer to be someone I could relate to and trust. I am so glad I chose Camille for that reason. Beyond just being a competent lawyer, she’s also a terrific partner in the process. I felt listened to and valued during the entire process — even during the emotionally challenging times (both anger and sadness) that occurred repeatedly during the process. Her thoughtfulness, empathy and care went a long way to making the painful and difficult process of the divorce much more smooth than it may have been with someone else. I wholeheartedly recommend Camille to anyone going through this process who wants a smart, compassionate and caring lawyer.”
Collaborative Practice is also an effective way to resolve a dispute between siblings over an elder parents’ care or property.