Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens if the dispute cannot be settled by using a collaborative divorce?

If a party is unwilling to enter into a Participation Agreement for collaborative divorce, the parties can proceed to divorce under the traditional model. If one or both parties to a collaborative divorce participation agreement conclude they can not resolve … Continue reading

How may the parties and family members be positively impacted by a collaborative divorce?

Divorce is stressful because it means change in relationships; finances, parenting roles and to some degree, anxiety about the future. The collaborative divorce process is geared to minimize stress, as it focuses on exploring solutions that address the needs of … Continue reading

How Do I Start A Collaborative Divorce?

The first step to starting a collaborative divorce is to meet with a collaborative professional.  You may decide to meet first with a collaborative attorney, divorce coach, or financial specialist.  All of the professionals listed on this site have graduated … Continue reading

Benefits to Collaborative Divorce

There are too many benefits to Collaborative Divorce to list all of them here, but there are some general themes to the positive feedback we get from clients. 1. Decrease in Conflict.  In a Collaborative Divorce each partner is not … Continue reading

History of Collaborative Practice

In the beginning, there was Stu… The story of the Collaborative movement begins with the founder: Stu Webb, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stu practiced traditional family law for more than twenty years when, during the late 1980s, he became interested in … Continue reading

What is Collaborative Divorce?

A Collaborative Divorce uses the legal system to legally dissolve a marriage.  But, instead of working through the traditional “adversarial” system, the husband and wife each retain an attorney who has had Collaborative Divorce training before the case is started. … Continue reading