Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire | Sonoma County

Map of the Collaborative Process

Stage 1: Setting the Framework, Committing to Process, Temporary Arrangements


  • Parties understand choice of dispute resolution options and choose Collaborative Process
  • Parties and professionals begin to develop trust in each other and in team
  • Clarify the Collaborative framework
  • Establish motivations
  • Address concerns
  • Commit and sign Collaborative paperwork
  • Reach agreements for temporary arrangements
  • Determine how Collaborative team will be funded

Typical Chronology:

  • First meeting with client and describe process choices
  • Enlist other party – through assisting client or direct contact with other party
  • Communication between Collaborative Attorneys
  • Connect client with coach if doesn’t have – 2 way or 3 way
  • Coaches contact and discuss whether coaches’ 4 way advisable before 1st joint meeting
  • Team meeting and plan agenda for first joint meeting
  • 2 or 3 way meetings with client if needed
  • 1st joint meeting and schedule next meeting(s); Debrief with parties and team
  • Prepare minutes; team reviews minutes
  • Final minutes to team and parties

About Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire (CCRE)

CCRE is a group of professionals interested in avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-field group open to all professionals interested in Collaborative conflict resolution. Read more . . .

CCRE Testimonials

“Divorce is never easy but the collaborative process made mine bearable.  I had more control and therefore less stress and anxiety because I had an active role.”

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