Collaborative Practice Marin

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 2: Information Gathering


  • Identify issues
  • Develop factual background:
    • Financial (income and expenses, estate, valuations, real world limits, etc.)
    • Parenting (children’s needs/concerns, circumstances)
  • Develop legal background:
    • Legal model context – range of possible outcomes
  • Develop emotional background:
    • Family/system dynamics
    • Emotional state of each party and relevant others
  • Develop interests:
    • What’s important to each party and their family

Typical Chronology:

  • Team phone conference before each joint meeting to prepare agenda, discuss status
  • 4-7 way meetings to create information gathering plan
  • If Child Specialist, parties and coaches meet with Child Specialist to contract regarding scope and process of Child Specialists’ work, create plan for information gathering and reporting.
  • Child Specialist meets with children and gathers information from pertinent sources
  • Parties work with Financial Specialist to gather information
  • 2-3 way meetings (Party-Coach-Attorney) to develop interests
  • 4-6 way meeting (Parties-Coaches-Attorneys) to further clarify interests
  • Attorneys meet to plan for legal model presentation
  • 4-6 way meeting (Parties-Attorneys-Coaches) for legal model presentation
  • 4-7 way meetings to present, review and understand factual information that has been gathered
  • Party-professional and team debriefings after each meeting
  • Prepare and circulate minutes after each meeting

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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