WELCOME TO
THE CORK
COLLABORATIVE
PRACTICE GROUP



FAQ


WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE?

WHY CHOOSE COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE?

WHAT IF THE PROCESS IS NOT SUCCESSFUL?

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

WHAT MUST I BRING TO THE PROCESS?

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?

WHO ARE RESOLVE?

 

WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE?

  • Collaborative Practice is a structured, creative and successful method for a couple to resolve the issues arising on their Separation or Divorce without going to Court.  It is an approach that addresses the needs of the whole family and brings about resolution through the participation of both participants and their Collaborative Solicitors meeting together and resolving all issues by structured discussions.

  • Resolution is based on a commitment to the open sharing of all relevant information and a joint common aim to achieve outcomes through discussion and without the costs, delay and additional trauma of court litigation.



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WHY CHOOSE COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE?

 

  • The couple and their Collaborative Solicitors control the content and timing of the process and the couple decide upon and agree the outcomes.

  • The spirit of co-operation the Collaborative process allows everyone to maintain their dignity, lessens hostility and reduces the negative impact on children.

  • Freed from the option of Court litigation, the Collaborative Solicitors focus is on advising and assisting the couple to achieve agreements tailor made to the needs of the whole family

  • By facing the facts of the Separation or Divorce in an open co-operative manner each participant giving their best efforts to achieving solutions that reflect the needs of all and will last.



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WHAT IF THE PROCESS IS NOT SUCCESSFUL?

  • The success rate for the Collaborative process is very high.  However, if either of the participants decides to discontinue the process, then the process ends and both Collaborative Solicitors must withdraw.  If either husband or wife decides that they wish to go to Court then neither of the Collaborative Solicitors involved in the Collaborative process can become involved.



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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

  • On average a resolution is achieved in four to six meetings



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WHAT MUST I BRING TO THE PROCESS?

  • A willingness to participate in productive dialogue to make financial disclosure and to treat each other with respect



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HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

  • Collaborative practice is designed to be cost efficient – to provide you with the best professional service to assist you in reaching agreement, without duplication or waste.In the collaborative process you will receive written details, before you begin the process, of the hourly rate to be charged by your Solicitor or Collaborative Coach.  This rate of charge will be agreed with you at the outset. As you are present at each meeting there is no bill accumulating without you being aware.If experts, such as auctioneers, pension advisors or child psychologists are engaged, the engagement is by both parties together – the report of one professional is relied upon.  This results in a significant cost saving to you. You may also be entitled to qualify for legal aid to cover your collaborative service. Details of the legal aid service are at www.legalaidboard.ie



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WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?

  • The Collaborative process is based on team work.   Your Collaborative Solicitor will discuss with you the involvement of a collaborative coach.  This is a trained professional whose job it is to help you participate effectively in the Collaborative process.  The coach does not act as a therapist but rather uses his or her training and experience to assist you in managing emotional or psychological issues that could otherwise impair your functioning at the meeting table, to help you with communication and to provide insight and assistance in helping to facilitate the process. 



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WHO ARE RESOLVE?

  • Resolve are a group of Collaborative Solicitors, Collaborative Coaches, Child Specialists and Financial Neutrals who are all collaboratively trained and who have joined together in Cork City and County to promote Collaborative Practice as a method of resolving family disputes.   The members of Resolve are all members of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners and have all undertaken the appropriate training to participate in and to assist you in the process. 



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