A Collaborative Roadmap: The Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Step 1: Establish a Safe Collaborative Container and Decide Temporary Arrangements. Each of you will meet separately with your respective Collaborative attorney to begin developing a relationship of trust and to understand the specific requirements of the Collaborative process. A meeting is then scheduled with the couple and all the Collaborative professionals to be engaged. At that meeting, the Collaborative professionals and the couple introduce themselves and the Collaborative divorce process options are reviewed. A typical road map through the Collaborative process and the roles of the Collaborative professionals are clarified and any concerns of the couple are addressed. The couple commits to the Collaborative process, reviews and signs the participation agreements and funds the retainers of the professionals. Each spouse reviews and signs the retention agreement with his or her Collaborative attorney and both spouses review and sign the retention agreements of the neutral professionals. All anticipated Collaborative meetings are scheduled if possible and any necessary temporary arrangements are discussed and established. >> Learn more
Step 2: Gather and Document Background, Information and Preferences. Financial information relating to assets, debt, income and expenses is gathered, documented, valued as needed and the couple’s preferences in division are discussed and noted. Unresolved issues are identified. The non-financial information is developed and the couple’s interests and initial parenting plan preferences are discussed and noted. Unresolved issues are identified. >> Learn more
Step 3: Review Information and Preferences, Develop Options and Create Final Solution. You, your spouse and the full Collaborative team meet is a series of meetings to review your preliminary parenting plan preferences, asset division preferences and support preferences. The full Collaborative team then reviews and discusses all unresolved parenting plan, asset division and support issues and various options are identified. The unresolved parenting plan, asset division and support issues are then negotiated from the options until a solution for each issue is realized. >> Learn more
Step 4: Memorialize and Implement Agreement. The Collaborative attorneys draft the written documentation of the agreement and prepare the required court pleadings for review and signing. An implementation plan is developed and carried out. Depending on the court and other issues, a court hearing is scheduled to finalize the divorce or the matter is submitted to the court in an affidavit for entry of a divorce judgment (Kansas) or a dissolution judgment (Missouri). >> Learn more
Step 5: Final Debrief and Closure. Follow-up to parties to determine if any changes are needed. Any needed changes are negotiated, memorialized and implemented. >>Learn more