“My wife is interested in using Collaborative Practice to settle our divorce. We don’t have a history of collaborating terribly well in our marriage: is there any chance this method would work for us?”
One of the most important aspects of the Collaborative approach to divorce is the opportunity to keep the decision-making about your future, your wife’s future, and your family’s future in your own hands, not relinquishing control to judges, court-appointed experts, or even your own attorneys. After all, who knows the most about you and your family? The privacy of the Collaborative approach, and the confidence that both you and your wife will have by knowing that you both retain control over your future should be a strong motivator for you both to actively and wholeheartedly participate in the Collaborative approach to divorce. For more in-depth explanation of the Collaborative process, check out the many fine books that have recently been written and directed to the public such as Pauline Tesler’s and Peggy Thompson’s recently published “Collaborative Divorce”.
Sandra M Rosenbloom concentrates on Mediation and Collaborative Family Law at her Northfield, IL office.