Collaborative Practice San Francisco

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 2: Information Gathering


  • Identify issues
  • Develop factual background:
    • Financial (income and expenses, estate, valuations, real world limits, etc.)
    • Parenting (children’s needs/concerns, circumstances)
  • Develop legal background:
    • Legal model context – range of possible outcomes
  • Develop emotional background:
    • Family/system dynamics
    • Emotional state of each party and relevant others
  • Develop interests:
    • What’s important to each party and their family

Typical Chronology:

  • Team phone conference before each joint meeting to prepare agenda, discuss status
  • 4-7 way meetings to create information gathering plan
  • If Child Specialist, parties and Coaches meet with Child Specialist to contract regarding scope and process of Child Specialists’ work, create plan for information gathering and reporting
  • Child Specialist meets with children and gathers information from pertinent sources
  • Parties work with Financial Specialist to gather information
  • 2-3 way meetings (Party-Coach-Attorney) to develop interests
  • 4-6 way meeting (Parties-Coaches-Attorneys) to further clarify interests
  • Attorneys meet to plan for legal model presentation
  • 4-7 way meeting (Parties-Attorneys-Coaches) for legal model presentation
  • 4-7 way meetings to present, review and understand factual information that has been gathered
  • Party-professional(s) and team debriefings after each meeting
  • Prepare and circulate minutes after each meeting

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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