The Collaborative Process
Explained by the East Tennessee Collaborative Alliance
The Collaborative process begins with education and the understanding that collaborative law is a solution-based alternative to traditional divorce. The participants focus not on assigning blame, but on gathering the information necessary to make informed and intelligent decisions with regard to their children, property and new lives as divorced persons.
The process involves a series of meetings with the clients and the team of lawyers, coaches, child/family law specialists, and/or financial professionals, who work with you towards a divorce settlement agreement. At the first meeting you will discuss the process and sign a Participation Agreement that requires both parties to exchange complete financial information. This enables each spouse to make well-informed decisions and maintain confidentiality during the process. Each spouse feels free to articulate his or her concerns and set forth the terms of how the process will be conducted.
The next time the parties meet, they will begin discussing specific issues that need to be addressed. The complexity of the case and the issues involved will determine how many meetings are necessary, but will culminate with the signing of a settlement agreement so that your case can be settled in a discreet and efficient manner.