Collaborative Practice San Francisco

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 1: Setting the Framework, Committing to Process, Temporary Arrangements


  • Parties understand choice of dispute resolution options and choose Collaborative Process
  • Parties and professionals begin to develop trust in each other and in team
  • Clarify the Collaborative framework
  • Establish motivations
  • Address concerns
  • Commit and sign Collaborative paperwork
  • Reach agreements for temporary arrangements
  • Determine how Collaborative team will be funded

Typical Chronology:

  • First meeting with client and describe process choices
  • Enlist other party – through assisting client or direct contact with other party
  • Communication between Collaborative Attorneys
  • Connect client with coach if doesn’t have – 2 way or 3 way
  • Coaches contact and discuss whether coaches’ 4 way advisable before 1st joint meeting
  • Team meeting and plan agenda for first joint meeting
  • 2 or 3 way meetings with client if needed
  • 1st joint meeting and schedule next meeting(s); Debrief with parties and team
  • Prepare minutes; team reviews minutes
  • Final minutes to team and parties

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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