Collaborative_Law_ParticipationAgreement

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- Page 1 - COLLABORATIVE LAW PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT I. PURPOSE ________________________ and his/her attorney, _________________________, and _________________________ and his/her attorney, _________________________ , have chosen to use the principles of Collaborative Law to settle the issues arising from the dissolution of their marriage or domestic partnership. The essence of Collaborative Law is the shared belief of the participants that it is in the best interests of the parties and their family to commit themselves to resolving their differences with minimal conflict. Therefore, the undersigned seek to adopt a conflict resolution process that does not rely upon a court-imposed resolution. The process does rely on an atmosphere of honesty, cooperation, integrity and professionalism. The parties have retained Collaborative attorneys to assist them in reaching this goal. II. COMMUNICATION The parties intend to effectively communicate with each other to efficiently and economically settle the dissolution of their marriage or partnership. Written and verbal communications will be respectful and constructive and will not make accusations or claims not based in fact. It is agreed that communication during settlement meetings will be focused on the economic and parenting issues in the dissolution and the constructive resolution of those issues. The parties and their lawyers understand that the costs for settlement meetings are substantial and require everyone’s cooperation to make the best possible use of available resources. To achieve this goal, the parties agree not to engage in unnecessary discussions of past events. To maintain an objective and constructive settlement process, the parties agree to discuss settlement of their dissolution issues only in the settlement conference setting. Discussions outside of the conference setting must be agreed to by the parties and their lawyers. Settlements issues will not be discussed in the presence or the hearing of the parties’ children, nor at unannounced times by telephone calls or appearances at the other party’s residence. The parties acknowledge that inappropriate communications regarding their dissolution can be harmful to their children. Communication with the children regarding these issues will occur only if it is appropriate and done by mutual agreement or with the advice of a child specialist. The parties specifically agree that their children will not be included in any discussion regarding the dissolution except as described in this Agreement.
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