Collaborative Practice (ICP)
Who is it for?
If you are going through separation and would like to separate respectfully, in a non-adversarial fashion without intervention of the courts, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (ICP) may be for you. ICP, which is often shortened to Collaborative Practice is like mediation but with a team. We will work together with you and your former spouse or partner, providing assistance in making arrangements for children, and sorting out financial and property matters.
What will it be like?
Our team of experienced professionals will help you manage the process of separation by finding tailored solutions that suit your unique circumstances so that each of you can move forward in your own respective lives.
Our team of collaborative professionals includes the following:
- A case manager/coach who will manage your case and assist you both in dealing with the complex emotions that arise at this time. They will also assist you in effective communication so that you can make the most efficient use of the service.
- Two experienced collaborative family lawyers – so that you each have representation and someone who will provide you with legal advice and draw up any consent order.
You can also have:
- A financial specialist – who will meet with both of you, individually and/or together to provide you with options and ideas as to how best to manage your finances and property
- A child consultant –an expert in child development, who will guide you in making arrangements that are in the best interests of your children.
- Clarify your problems.
- Gain new perspectives.
- Work through change.
How can it help me?
Following a preliminary intake the first person you will meet when you choose our Collaborative Practice program, is your case manager/coach.
They will organise some initial meetings to gain a deeper understanding of your circumstances and to ensure that this is the most suitable process for you. They will also assist you with the selection of your lawyers prior to moving to 5-way meetings with yourselves, each of your lawyers and your case manager/coach. In these open, respectful and transparent meetings you will be assisted in reaching your agreements.
Booking this program
Fees are determined based on your income at a level affordable to you. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay fees.
“My most genuine thanks to you for this whole process so far. You know the full extent of the things I have struggled with throughout this time and your support has truly been invaluable. You have been a voice of reason through an emotionally chaotic and drawn-out experience.”
“Having one team reduced the pressure quite significantly. With everyone clear on the collaborative approach, things ran much more smoothly than they otherwise would. With everyone talking to each other and knowing that we want solutions, solutions are what we got.”
“The child consultant was excellent and gave us confidence we were handling things well from the most important perspective – the impact on the children.”