2. Create a marital settlement agreement. In the divorce papers, the spouses may also ask the court to incorporate the terms of a legal separation, premarital agreement, prenuptial agreement, or annulment agreement that was made before marriage. This agreement between spouses for child support, child custody, alimony, and property division will often be incorporated in the final decree if it was knowingly and fairly agreed to. Financial statements can prove financial disclosure was made. Financial statements may sometimes be waived if the parties are already aware of assets.
Neither can any of the professional team retained in the course of the collaboration be brought to court. Essentially, they have the same protections as in mediation. There are two exceptions: 1) Any affidavit sworn in the course of the collaboration and vouching documentation attaching to same and 2) any interim agreement made and signed off in the course of the collaboration or correspondence relating thereto. The parties are in control of the time they are prepared to give their collaboration. Some people need a lot of time to complete, whereas others will reach solutions in a few meetings. Collaborative practitioners offer a tightly orchestrated model with meetings scheduled in advance every two weeks, and the range of items to be discussed apportioned in advance of signing up as well as the more open ended process, the clients decide. [ citation needed ]