Collaborative Process

Why choose the Collaborative Process?

You retain control

Though you each have a lawyer, you and your spouse take responsibility for shaping the settlement as the key members of the team.

You can focus on settlement

Removing the threat of “going to court” reduces anxiety and fear, thereby helping you focus on finding positive solutions.

You gain support

You craft the settlement cooperatively with your spouse while benefiting from your attorney’s experience as well as problem-solving skills. You receive insight and support from other professionals who assist in identifying your interests and your children’s needs.

You get more from your resources.

The Collaborative Process can be less costly and time-consuming than litigation. When you reach an agreement, it can be finalized within a shorter time frame. You do not get bogged down for months while you wait for a court date.

You lay the groundwork for a better future.

There is no pain-free way to end a marriage, but by reducing stress, working in a climate of cooperation, and treating each other with respect, you and your spouse are creating an environment in which you and your children can thrive.

You negotiate a better settlement.

Every family is unique and every family deserves a unique solution to the issues raised by their circumstances. The Collaborative Process is designed to help you reach agreements which are uniquely tailored to your family’s needs.

How the Collaborative Process Works

Ending a marriage involves the convergence of many unique issues – legal, emotional, and financial. A key benefit of the Collaborative Process is that it gives you the option to bring in the help of Family Relations and Financial Specialists. The Collaborative Process allows you take an active role in identifying the issues that are most important to you; these are your interests and they serve as the focal point of your negotiated settlement. It is the role of the attorneys and allied professionals to provide you with support, guidance and advice as to your options. So how does all this actually work? The key features of the Collaborative Process are …

Contact a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals (CACP). Both parties in the Collaborative Process need to engage an attorney. You can find a list of CACP legal resources here. The CACP member can learn more about your situation and can address your specific questions and concerns.

At the start of the Collaborative Process, you will be asked to sign a Collaborative Participation Agreement. This is a legal document that outlines the agreed upon commitments which all parties will follow. Key elements of the Collaborative Participation Agreement include the following:
• Respect for all parties.
• Transparency including full disclosure of all pertinent facts and information.
• The use of allied professionals.
• Guidelines if the Collaborative Process terminates.
An example of the Collaborative Participation Agreement can be found here.

We will work with you to gather and organize all of the information you will need. All information will be shared with full transparency. This is one of the foundations of the Collaborative Process.

The cornerstone of the Collaborative Process are your Collaborative team meetings. You, your spouse and your Collaborative professionals work together at one table to reach your final agreement.

Congratulations! You’ve reached a comprehensive agreement that is ready to be filed with your local court. Since you took an active role in shaping the agreement, there are no surprises and no questions left unanswered.

We have a directory of Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals trained in the Collaborative Process available when you are ready to start the process.