What is a “Collaborative Team”?
The chosen professionals who work together on the parties’ behalf, and on behalf of the family’s best interests as a problem-solving team rather than as adversaries to facilitate an out-of-court divorce. A Collaborative Team can be any combination of professionals chosen to work with to resolve the dispute. It can be just the parties and Collaborative lawyers which comprise the Collaborative Law component of Collaborative Practice. It can be the parties, Collaborative attorneys and a single financial professional often referred to as a “financial neutral.” It can also include divorce coaches, licensed mental health professionals working as a team either before or after the Collaborative attorneys are chosen and the legal process begins. Finally, a mental health professional with special expertise working with children may represent your childrens’ interests as the Child Specialist member of your Collaborative Team. The model is flexible so it can address your specific concerns and provide whatever support and advice is needed.