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A Weakness of the Collaborative Process

by Michael Tobriner on November 13, 2013

in Collaborative Divorce,Collaborative Practice,Divorce Financial Issues

I’m finding that the collaborative process has difficulty in dealing with immediate temporary issues, particularly cash flow (in conventional terms, temporary child and spousal support). As we all know, at the outset of a case the collaborative approach requires assembling a team, having the parties contract into the process, setting goals, and beginning to pull together information. All this is foundational and essential to a successful process, and it all takes time. But at the very time the collaborative professionals are trying to lay this groundwork, one or both parties may face pressing and important financial issues. How can the collaborative process address these often complex problems before that foundation is in place?

I don’t know the answer; I’d be interested in your thoughts.

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