Collaborative Practice is a way for a divorcing couple or parties in another type of civil dispute to work as a team with specially trained professionals to resolve disputes in an open and respectful manner, without going to court.  In Collaborative Practice, the goal is to reach a mutually acceptable settlement of a dispute.  The clients retain Collaborative Attorneys and other professionals (a Neutral Financial Professional; Mental Health Professionals, including Child Specialists) as needed, who agree to work in good faith to gather and share all information needed to reach an agreement.  Each client has the support, protection, and guidance of his or her own attorney.  The clients and their Collaborative Attorneys agree that they will not go to court to ask a judge to resolve their dispute for them during the Collaborative Process.  If they are unable to reach an agreement, and one of the clients decides to go to court, the Collaborative professionals withdraw.  Litigation attorneys and forensic experts are then retained to take the dispute to court.