Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in the Collaborative Process. Where do I start?

Contact a CACP member listed in the Find a Professional directory who will explain the Collaborative Process in more detail and take the time to understand your situation. He or she will help you understand how to share with your spouse what you have learned about the Collaborative Process.

Due to the highly specialized nature of this process, it is highly recommended that you and your spouse select professionals who are members of the CACP.

What resources do you have to help my kids through this experience?

All parents worry about the impact of ending a marriage on children. Family Relations Specialists are available to work out parenting schedules, develop constructive solutions when differences arise, and meet with your child/children to better understand and address their specific concerns.

How long does the Collaborative Process take from start to finish?

This is client driven process. The amount time is directly related to each participant’s unique needs, interests, and engagement. There are no shortcuts or high pressure tactics used to moderate the pace.

Why is it important to use a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals (CACP)?

CACP members are some of the most experienced and well trained professionals in the area of family law, family relations, and finance.

Is the Collaborative Process expensive?

When ending a marriage cost is a universal concern. It is a time of great uncertainty financially.

The main drivers that impact the cost of dissolving a marriage include the process that you select, the professionals you select, and your readiness to work through the myriad issues that you will face.

Using allied professionals such as Family Relations Specialists and Financial Specialists in the Collaborative Process is an opportunity to improve efficiency.

No matter which process you choose, there are going to be costs involved. The Collaborative Process is most efficient (i.e.: less costly) when all parties are present at each meeting and prepared to participate.

How is the Collaborative Process different from other ways of ending a marriage?

In the Collaborative Process you and your spouse take an active role in shaping the terms of your settlement. Guided by specially trained family law attorneys, you reach an agreement that reflects your unique needs and interests. Allied professionals are experts in family relations and financial issues and are available to support the process as neutrals serving both parties.

The most unique aspect of the Collaborative Process is that you and your spouse begin, in agreement, by voluntarily choosing to participate in a non-adversarial process. Another unique aspect of the Collaborative Process is that the agreement includes expectations for mutual respect and transparency.

The Collaborative Process is designed to end a marriage by Dissolution. In the traditional litigation model (Divorce), husband and wife sue each other in a public forum (Divorce Court) to end the marriage. In Divorce, a judge is the final arbiter of the terms and conditions of the settlement. The traditional Divorce model is more contentious, costly and often outcomes can be more uncertain for all involved.

What happens if we cannot reach agreement in the Collaborative Process?

Although rare, there are times when two parties cannot reach a satisfactory settlement through the Collaborative Process. When this occurs, the process terminates and both parties must find new legal representation.

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