Qualified collaborative divorce attorneys have completed extensive and on-going training to become proficient and successful collaborative practitioners. Basic collaborative training is a 16-hour class with typical book learning plus hands on role-playing and practice. In addition, a minimum of eight hours of mediation training is required.
My practice group lists member attorneys and team members on http://njcollaborativeprofessionals.com. The International Association of Collaborative Professionals,www.collaborativepractice.com has a statewide and national directory of attorneys. While your collaborative attorney will be conciliatory, candid and even-tempered, he or she is still always working as your advocate within the framework of reaching a settlement best suited for the family as a whole.
Experience is truly the best teacher, and I have completed over thirty collaborative cases.