The collaborative process removes the element of litigation and allows divorcing couples to settle their cases respectfully, transparently, and privately. Unlike a contested divorce, the Collaborative Practice dispute-resolution process is based on a pledge in which you, your spouse, and your attorneys contractually agree to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without having the court make decisions for you.
Collaborative Practice Kansas City, LLC aims to help evolve divorce from the traditional process that can be destructive into a creative process. The collaborative divorce dispute-resolution process is one in which all parties contractually agree that the attorneys will not go to court, except to finalize the divorce.
The Collaborative Team
Throughout the collaborative process, each spouse receives individual legal guidance and advice from both their legal counsel and neutral professionals who support the team effort in developing creative solutions.
Our Attorneys represent client goals and interests to the team. They help you decide how to get a divorce in Kansas City and provide legal counsel and guidance for many of the questions that arise related to decisions made throughout the divorce process.
Our Financial Professionals, also known as Financial Neutrals, work with clients to gather financial information related to assets, liabilities, and budget data, (income & expense details). Working with the Financial Neutral provides financial understanding and financial awareness of the decisions each of you is asked to make throughout the process.
Our Mental Health Professionals, also known as Neutral Coaches, assist couples and families in transition with a focus on communication, problem-solving skills, and the development of a parenting plan, if applicable. The Coach works with the parties to identify and make the most of their strengths, assisting each party to be his or her best during the divorce process, while taking steps toward their new lives apart.
The Collaborative Process
The Collaborative approach to divorce is a multi-layered one in which participants meet with the respective team members using a predefined flow.
Once the collaborative option is chosen, the full team gathers for a no-charge
introduction. At this time, the “collaborative path” is set by way of arranging a schedule of meetings for Clients and the team Professionals.
The divorcing couple will each meet with the divorce coach individually first, then in one or more three-way meetings together. Three-way meetings are also scheduled with the financial neutral during this step.
When the work of the three-way meetings is finished, the process moves on to the six-way meetings. These meetings with the entire team provide for thorough sharing of information, development of options, and collaborative teamwork to arrive at mutually acceptable decisions and to resolve marriage dissolution disputes respectfully, with their family goals in mind, and without going to court.
We believe you deserve affordable, respectful, private, and transparent problem-solving. When you are choosing how to get a divorce in Kansas City, Collaborative Practice Kansas City, LLC is here to help.
For more information about the collaborative process and to learn if it’s right for you and your family, contact a Collaborative Practice team member at 913-380-2560 or click here.