Collaborative Practice San Francisco

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 3: Brainstorming and Option Development 


  • Brainstorm all possible options on each issue
  • Compare options to interests
  • Refine interests as needed
  • Prioritize options

Typical Chronology:

  • Team phone conference before each joint meeting to prepare agenda, discuss status
  • 4-7 way meetings to brainstorm options and compare against interests
    • For child issues, Parties-Coaches- Child Specialist
    • For financial issues, Parties-Attorneys-Financial Specialist-Coach(es)
  • 2-3 way meetings (Party-Coach-Attorney) to further refine interests as needed and to explore priorities
  • 4-7 way meetings to prioritize options
  • 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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