Can either my spouse or I quit during the Collaborative process?

Yes. Each client keeps the right to stop the Collaborative process if it is not working well for her or him. It is in each person’s interest to act in a way that makes the process fair and considerate of the other party. In Collaborative Practice it is counter-productive to use tactics such as intimidation, withholding information or being uncooperative, because these tactics will simply cause the process to fall apart.

When the Collaborative process is stopped, either party may initiate court action. You must start over with another attorney if you choose ligation in court, and any information provided during the course of your Collaborative process cannot be used in your new case. Although this option is always available to you and sometimes necessary in cases of fraud or abuse, we find most people recognize the wisdom to seeing the process through, and become invested.