Collaborative Practice is a unique, team approach to handling a divorce or other family law matter. It is founded on three core principles:

  • A written pledge not to take the dispute to court and disqualification of the collaborative team if either party ultimately chooses to break the pledge.
  • Open communication between the parties with an honest and good faith exchange of information.
  • Negotiations that lead to a mutually acceptable settlement, taking into account the priorities and interests of all family members.

The collaborative approach works with a team mindset; you and the other party, along with your attorneys, use the skills of mental health and financial specialists to maximize positive outcomes for the family.

The issues addressed in collaborative cases are the same ones addressed in traditional litigation cases: child custody and placement, property valuation and division, child support, maintenance (alimony), taxes, and insurance.

Depending on the needs of the family, the collaborative team generally consists of professionals from three separate disciplines: legal, mental health, and financial. The professionals work together by providing their respective expertise to help families through their family law matter.

Professionals on the team all subscribe to the three core principles and are formally trained in the collaborative process. None of the team members can be involved in any contested court hearing, and all hired professionals will withdraw from the case if it does result in a contested court hearing.

For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Attorney Lippow has been trained as a collaborative divorce attorney by the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin.