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Collaborative Family Law


Contact us for more information regarding Collaborative Practice and other divorce alternatives.

What is Collaborative Practice?

Collaborative Practice is a process in which each spouse has his/her own family law attorney in California with everyone committing themselves to resolving differences in a manner acceptable to both parties in a comfortable environment, without the threat of immediately resorting to the court system or litigation.

How does Collaborative Practice work?

Collaborative Practice uses informal discussions and conferences attended by spouses and their attorneys to settle the issues at times and locations convenient for everyone. Major goals of the Collaborative Practice process include maximizing settlement options for the benefit of both parties and children, and to minimize or eliminate the negative economic, social and emotional consequences of litigation. There are five main aspects of Collaborative Practice:

  • Open Exchange of Information – In Collaborative Practice all of the participants agree to an open, honest
    exchange of accurate information and necessary documentation. This process is essential so that neither
    spouse/domestic partner takes advantage of the miscalculations or inadvertent mistakes of others,
    but instead identifies and corrects them.
  • Custody – In Collaborative Practice the spouses agree to protect their children and not involve them in disputes.
    The participants agree to speak respectfully to, and of, each other in the presence of their children. The spouses
    negotiate and agree upon parenting decisions, rather than look to the court to make these decisions for them.
  • Joint Experts – In Collaborative Practice, the spouses jointly choose and employ the services of any accountant,
    appraiser, mental health professional, or other consultant whose services may be required, instead of each hiring
    his or her own adversarial expert.
  • Negotiations – In Collaborative Practice, the spouses acknowledge each other’s legitimate needs and work
    together creatively for their mutual benefit, instead of striving for individual advantages.
  • Attorney’s Role – In Collaborative Practice the attorneys are committed to the cooperative resolution of all
    issues. A Collaborative Practice attorney will withdraw from participation if his or her client abandons
    the collaborative process or refuses to follow collaborative guidelines.
  • Further Information – Carol F. Delzer is a co-founder of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group (SCPG).
    For more information please visit the SCPG web site:

Contact us for more information regarding Collaborative Practice and other divorce alternatives.

Family Law Center represents clients throughout California including, but not limited to: Sacramento, Antelope, Auburn, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, West Sacramento, Woodland and the counties of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and more.