Collaborative Practice Marin

Map of the Collaborative Process

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

Parties understand process options, then choose and commit to Collaborative. Process after reviewing collaborative framework and clarifying motivations. Temporary arrangements are established and collaborative team is chosen and funded.

Stage 2: Information Gathering

Issues are identified.  The factual, legal and emotional background is developed. The parties’ interests are identified and understood.

Stage 3: Brainstorming and Option Development 

Options are brainstormed for each issue, then compared against interests and prioritized.

Stage 4: Negotiating and Choosing Solutions

Packages of options are created, analyzed, and prioritized.  Packages are modified and refined to create resolution.

Stage 5: Memorializing Agreement, Implementation and Final Debriefing

Written documentation of the agreement and required court forms are prepared and signed.  An implementation plan is developed and carried out.  Final debriefing.

Stage 6:  Follow Up

Follow-up to parties to determine if any changes are needed.  Changes are negotiated, memorialized and implemented.

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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