Collaborative Practice Marin

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 1: Setting the Framework, Committing to Process, Temporary Arrangements


  • Parties understand choice of dispute resolution options and choose Collaborative Process
  • Parties and professionals begin to develop trust in each other and team
  • Clarify the collaborative framework
  • Establish motivations
  • Address concerns
  • Commit and sign  collaborative paperwork
  • Reach agreements for temporary arrangements
  • Determine how collaborative team will be funded

Typical Chronology:

  • First meeting with client and describe process choices
  • Enlist other party – through assisting client or direct contact with other party
  • Communication between collaborative attorneys
  • Connect client with coach if doesn’t have – 2 way or 3 way
  • Coaches contact and discuss whether coaches’ 4 way advisable before 1st joint meeting
  • Team meeting and plan agenda for first joint meeting
  • 2 or 3 way meetings with client if needed
  • 1st joint meeting and schedule next meeting(s) Debrief with parties and team
  • Prepare and team reviews minutes
  • Final minutes to team and parties

About Collaborative Practice Marin

CPM is a community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working together to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict.  We are located in Marin County, California. 

Why Collaborative Divorce?

“Divorce is never easy but the collaborative process made mine bearable.  I had more control and therefore less stress and anxiety because I had an active role.”


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