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What is Collaborative Practice?

What is Collaborative Practice?

In an effort to maintain some peace and civility many families have decided to look towards divorce with collaborative practitioners as an alternative to litigation. Working with a Collaborative practitioner involves an effort by both parties to work together with their attorneys in the best interest of their family. This includes working together to discuss child custody, monetary, and property issues. With the help of Lori A. Michaud, your family will find helpful professionals that will help you assess any areas of dispute and come to a mutually acceptable resolution. The Collaborative process often includes health professionals, certified divorce financial planners, and divorce coaches who can help you and your spouse make decisions on some of the toughest choices involved in divorce, separation, and custody matters.

In the collaborative process, parties sign a Collaborative Participation Agreement that allows for voluntary, open discussion of all relevant matters. The parties consent to work outside of the courtroom with the agreement if either party files an contested court proceeding, it will nullify the collaborative effort and the family will need new lawyers and other professionals. This provides a powerful incentive to resolve disputes, while assuring parties that the information they share cannot be used by the professionals to harm them in court.

Is Collaborative Practice right for you?

The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals suggests that when determining whether the collaborative process is appropriate for your matter, consider if the following values are important to you:

I want to maintain the tone of respect, even when we disagree.

    • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
    • My needs and those of my spouse require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.
    • I believe that working creatively and cooperatively solves issues.
    • It is important to reach beyond today’s frustration and pain to plan for the future.
    • I can behave ethically toward my spouse.
    • I choose to maintain control of the divorce process with my spouse, and not relegate it to the courts.

If these values are something that you hold dear – then collaborative divorce may be the route for your family.

What’s my next step?

Are you ready to tell your story, work together with your partner to civilly resolve important issues, and get the legal, financial, and emotional support that you need?  If so, please call our office to schedule an appointment so that we can answer any questions you may have and better inform you of your options. We offer private, no-obligation consultations to those wishing to embark on the Collaborative Process Journey. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 757-395-4017 or fill out the electronic contact form on this page.


An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.