How to Choose a Collaborative Professional

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Collaborative Divorce Team BarrieLawyers, financial specialists, mediators, psychologists, and counselors who undertake the Collaborative Practice Training Course trust one another, work together, and cooperate.

If you want your separation or divorce to follow the process of Collaborative Practice then you need to choose professionals who have had training in collaborative practice. Collaborative professionals are trained in collaborative practice and work regularly with other collaborative professionals to assist families with separation and divorce. A list of Collaborative Professionals in Simcoe County is found on this site.

If possible, discuss collaborative practice with your spouse before you start choosing the right professionals to assist you. Both you and your spouse must choose collaboratively trained family lawyers.
Clients may benefit from approaching different collaborative professionals at the time they are separating or thinking about separating. In general, seeking information as soon as possible is the best.

Some clients approach family coaches or financial specialists first. Other client’s approach lawyers first. Whichever you chose the most important thing is to approach a collaborative professional (lawyer, family coach or financial specialist) first. All collaborative professionals will put you in touch with other collaborative professionals who can help with your unique circumstances.

Questions to Ask:

Does the professional have training in collaborative practice? In Simcoe County most professionals have completed a 5-day professional training course in collaborative practice and most have other qualifications and skills that assist them to be competent collaborative professionals.

Can your collaborative professional recommend other collaborative professionals who can help? Do they have any specific recommendations? Can they provide to you the business card and contact details of other professionals that would help in this unique situation?

Which collaborative professionals are the most important for my unique circumstances?

What are the benefits of collaborative processes compared to litigation (cost, time etc)?

What happens if the dispute cannot be settled with collaborative practice?

How does collaborative practice differ from alternative dispute resolution processes (such as mediation and arbitration)? Can collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution process be used together?

How much experience does the professional have with collaborative practice matters?

What is the hourly rate of the collaborative professional?

What professional associations does the collaborative professional belong to (for instance all lawyers must be members of the LSUC to practice law; family coaches and financial specialists must belong to different professional organizations).