Each Client Has His or Her Own Attorney at Regular Meetings
Like Mediation, the Collaborative Process takes place through a series of regular meetings. While in Mediation the process is guided by one neutral professional, the Collaborative process allows each client to have their own collaboratively trained attorney present in these meetings, who together guide the process. The professionals’ collaborative and mediation training, together with their written commitment to Collaborative Principles, require the attorneys to work in good faith in a non-confrontational, non-adversarial manner, and to respect both clients’ goals and priorities. The professionals’ directive is to gather all information needed to reach resolution, to brainstorm creative solutions, to respect the confidentiality of the process, and to prioritize the best interests of any children as well as those of both parents. At the same time, each attorney is responsible for guiding and supporting their own client and making sure that their client is educated with regard to legal rights, legal responsibilities and potential settlement options. Each attorney is responsible for ensuring that his client ’s opinions, needs, preferences, priorities and concerns are expressed, respected and thoughtfully and effectively considered by all.
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To learn more about Collaborative Practice visit the San Francisco Collaborative Practice Group. The Members of the San Francisco Collaborative Practice Group are trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Practice and can assist you in whichever process you choose.