1.The collaborative process is voluntary and both spouses must agree to use the process
2.All proceedings are confidential and take place outside of court
3.Full disclosure of assets, obligations and incomes is required
4.The focus is on forging a settlement that meets the future needs of both parties and the children, rather than assigning blame
5.Both parties always retain the right to go to court if the process ends without agreement
6.Attorneys and other professionals who work with the couple collaboratively may not later switch into litigation roles in the matter. If the case goes to court, parties may represent themselves or hire attorneys, however, the collaborative attorneys and other collaborative experts may not participate in the litigation.
For more information, contact the Family Law Offices of Renee M. Marcelle at (415) 456-4444, or online at http://www.familylawmarin.com/--