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Ariella Goodwine, MFT provides therapy and counseling services on the Peninsula including San Mateo, Belmont & Burlingame
Practice and Divorce Coaching  

Collaborative Practice is a new dispute resolution model in which a divorcing couple works as a team with trained professionals to resolve disputes respectfully without going to court. It offers couples a humane, solutions-based approach to ending a relationship with dignity and personal integrity.
The Collaborative team includes attorneys, mental health professionals and financial experts, selected by you, who work together with the couple respectfully, honestly and in good faith to find mutually agreeable solutions that reflect the important goals and welfare of both parties and their children.

Collaborative Practice differs from the traditional process because it promotes respect and keeps control of the process with the parties, not a judge. Because clients agree not to go to court, this method is more open and less adversarial. The goal of the Collaborative process is to enhance communication and to lay the foundation for a healthier relationship during and after the divorce.

Collaborative Practice is based on three principles:

  1. The parties pledge in writing not to go to court
  2. Both parties engage in an honest exchange of information.
  3. Each solution takes into account the highest priorities of the parties and other related persons, such as children or other family members.


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