Frequently Asked Questions
 

If you still have questions that have not been answered down below, please feel free to reach out to one of our professionals

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Are you the ideal candidate for Collaborative Divorce?

A Collaborative Divorce depends on both the parties involved. Therefore, even though you might have the best intentions, your divorce case may end up in court.

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Can Collaborative Divorce save me money?

Yes, it can

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Can my spouse/partner use my financial information against me in the future?

No

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Do they have experience working on a divorce that involves children?

Most divorces that do not involve raw emotions have higher chances of being mutual

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Does your lawyer have experience in the area?

It is not enough for the lawyer to be collaborative or unbiased

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I don't have children. Can I still use Collaborative Divorce?

Absolutely

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Is the attorney up for signing a Collaborative Divorce Agreement?

The classic definition of a collaborative divorce is one where lawyers of both parties decide not to file court motions

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Is there a video explaining the Collaborative Process?

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Our Separation is not amicable. Can we still do Collaborative Divorce?

Yes, you can—even if you don't consider yourselves "collaborative."

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What Professional should I contact first?

This depends on what your immediate questions and concerns are about

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What do Divorce Coaches do in Collaborative Divorce?

Divorce Coaches are certified mental health professionals with special training in Collaborative Divorce

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What do lawyers do in Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Family Lawyers are trained in mediation and the Collaborative process

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What does "non-adversarial" mean?

Conventional court-based divorce is referred to as "adversarial," meaning each of you is on the opposite side

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What does the Child Professional do in Collaborative Divorce?

A Child Specialist is a certified mental health professional with special training in child development and Collaborative Divorce

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What does the Financial Specialist do in Collaborative Divorce?

A Financial Specialist is a certified financial professional with special training in Collaborative Divorce

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What happens if we start the Collaborative Divorce process and decide we don't like it?

You must hire new lawyers and start over

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What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is a revolutionary no-court approach to separation and divorce that helps protect the dignity and long-term interests of all family members

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What is a "Participation Agreement" and do I have to sign one?

Yes, you and your partner or spouse each have to sign a Participation Agreement with your Family Lawyers and other Collaborative Professionals

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What is mediation and how is it different from Collaborative Divorce?

While court-based divorce focuses on your rights and entitlement, Collaborative Divorce and mediation both focus on the mutual interests of you and your partner

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What is the Pro Bono Project?

The Pro Bono Project is a voluntary and confidential program for parties going through separation and/or divorce who do not have lawyers and who are willing to meet and negotiate using the principles of Collaborative Practice but are unable to afford the Collaborative team for their case

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What kinds of professionals are on the Collaborative Team?

The Collaborative Team often starts with Family Lawyers, one for each of you

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Where can I get more information?

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Why use Collaborative Divorce when most non-Collaborative divorces are settled out of court?

Even though about 90% of all non-Collaborative family law cases are settled out of court, the process is still adversarial—and that's very different from Collaborative Divorce

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Will I have to share my private financial information?

Yes, this is one of the things you and your spouse agree to do when you sign Participation Agreements