Meetings will be held with a team consisting of both partners, lawyers and experts, during which time information will be exchanged. During these meetings you can express your needs and expectations. This method is clear, transparent and reasonable. It is important that all lines of communication stay open: the only way to resolve problem areas is to discuss them.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have any questions about collaborative practice? Please consult the list of frequently asked questions below. Is your question not listed? Then do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
How does collaborative practice work?
Will collaborative practice also work if one of the parties is still very angry?
Yes, because there is a coach and because there are individual lawyers who are all trained as mediators. The partner’s anger will be heard, seen and accepted, and this means these emotions will form less of a barrier when searching for solutions Emotions such as anger, sadness, powerlessness and feelings of uncertainty will be discussed in the preliminary process so that the actual consultation will be less emotionally charged.
What if there are still matters left unresolved?
There is a small chance of this happening, because everyone at the table will be trying to prevent that. Court proceedings take much more time, money and an emotional toll; nobody wants that. In the unlikely event that a solution is still not found, mediation is no longer an option either. In that case, all parties withdraw, including the lawyers. The parties in conflict must then start from the beginning with the process of court proceedings.
Can I bring along my personal financial adviser or coach?
No. The collaborative practice team consists of professionals who have been specifically trained for this, who know the process and want to achieve the best result for both parties. Unless your adviser or coach is a recognised collaborative practice professional and is also accepted by the party that you are in conflict with, it will be impossible to include these persons in the collaborative practice team. Moreover, the relationship with the professionals will end once the solution has been found. Therefore, after the divorce you will no longer be able to engage the lawyer, the coach or the financial adviser who has assisted you during the collaborative practice.
Is collaborative practice much more expensive than mediation?
Simple conflicts with equal parties or a minor interest can usually be resolved through mediation and our professionals will also always advise this. However, if during the mediation process expert assistance is required, the costs will quickly rise to the level of costs of a collaborative divorce. In a collaborative practice, the experts are involved from the beginning and they do not have to be informed of the progress of the process at a later time. This saves time and therefore money. Another advantage is that everyone can respond at an early stage to matters that crop up, as a result of which things do not escalate unnecessarily.
The coach, who is the independent chairperson of the 'collaborative practice team', will make sure that emotions that could prevent a successful solution by means of mediation are addressed in a timely manner.
In addition, collaborative practice is also suitable for people who feel that one mediator cannot properly represent both parties whereas with collaborative practice each of the parties has their own lawyer present at the table.