At the first full-team meeting, you both sign the collaboration agreement. The rest of the team and I guide you as you discuss the goals and concerns for each of you individually and for your family, as they relate both to this process and to your future. After gathering financial data and working with the Financial Neutral, the full-team may meet several more times. Guidance from me and from the Financial Neutral help you to make decisions at the table, often within this full-team context.
After our initial meeting, I meet with the Attorneys and the Financial Neutral. We discuss concerns, perceived strengths of the couple, and create an agenda for the first full-team meeting. We create an agenda for each meeting thereafter.
YOU will decide the outcomes that are acceptable to both of you (including making decisions and dividing your assets creatively!) in this safe and non-judgmental environment. The attorneys continue to help you understand the law and then write up the final papers based on the work we all did at the table. These decisions are ones that you made. There are no courts involved.
After an initial meeting with your attorney, each of the parties separately meets with me, your Communications Neutral. During the session, I explain the process to you, you ask lots of questions, and we get to know each other.