Collaborative Practice San Francisco

The law may have a different role in Collaboration compared to litigation.  In litigation, the law controls, and is used by judges and attorneys to make decisions and negotiate.  In Collaboration, the law provides one piece of information in helping you make decisions.  

Other types of information you may consider and to which you may give more or less  weight than the law: 

  • Prior agreements - written or verbal       
  • Something in relationship to honor or account for Interests of others (children, extended family, friends, etc.)    
  • Basic economic reality may not fit with the law       
  • Clients’ own sense of fairness    
  • Other things of importance to one or both clients

It is important that you make fully-informed decisions.  Therefore, it is important that you understand how the law applies in your situation.  You and your team will decide together when and how you and your spouse will receive that information from the Collaborative Attorneys.  For example, the Collaborative Attorneys may agree to run support calculations together rather than separately.  If the Collaborative Attorneys run the support calculations separately, then this will be communicated to the rest of the team.  The law is not always clear or predictable.  Even when the law is clear, you and your spouse can decide to make a decision that works best for your family, taking into account other factors, such as listed those listed above. 

About CPSF

Collaborative Practice San Francisco is a group of professionals interested in avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-field group open to all professionals interested in Collaborative conflict resolution. Read more...

Will CP work for me?

If the following values are important to you, it is likely to be a workable option:

  • I want us to communicate with a tone of respect.
  • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
  • My needs and those of my spouse/partner require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.

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