Key Principles of Collaborative Practice

It is a simple but sad fact that half of all marriages end in divorce and countless non-marital relationships fail too. Although the statistics can start to feel normal, the individuals involved feel far from normal when this happens to them. The emotional devastation that often accompanies the failure of a relationship does not have to be a fact as well. This is where Collaborative Practice can help and make a real difference.

Collaborative Practice is the alternative to “divorce as usual”. It is designed to minimise the hurt, the loss of self-esteem and the anger and alienation that occurs all too frequently with divorce and separation.

The principles of Collaborative Practice are built on a belief in human dignity and respect. Individuals may cease to be partners but they do not cease being worthy human beings. Every part of Collaborative Practice is intended to foster respect. Indeed, respect is the corner stone of the process.

When respect is given and received, self-esteem is likely to be preserved. This makes discussions more productive and agreements are more easily reached.

The end of a relationship or a marriage is tragic enough. Collaborative Practice believes that the process of divorcing or separating shouldn’t add to the pain but, instead, should help the parties involved look forward to a hopeful future.