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what is collaborative practice?

A Brief History Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice traces its roots back to Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 1990s. The Collaborative approach began when Stu Webb, an attorney, announced to his clients and colleagues the he would no longer go to court; he would only represent clients in a participatory negotiation process aimed solely at creative settlements.

By early 1994, California family lawyers, mental health and financial professionals began practicing Collaborative law in a supportive and constructive way.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a process in which parties are empowered to resolve their divorce without going to court.

Collaborative Practice embraces a team approach that in addition to attorneys, includes the following roles:

Some of the benefits of Collaborative Practice are:

  • Empowerment - Instead of a court deciding the outcome of your divorce, you and your spouse/partner will     negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution.
  • ‍Transparency - All information which is relevant and material to the matter is voluntarily disclosed by the parties in accordance with California Law.
  • Respect - Collaborative Divorce helps you and your spouse continue to communicate after the divorce by encouraging respectful and meaningful interactions throughout the divorce process.

More information

To listen to a short discussion of Collaborative Practice on “This American Life”, click the link below and use the scrollbar to scroll down to Act 3.