Questions to Ask at Your Interview

When you are considering retaining a Collaborative Professional and someone is telling you that although they're not on the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) web site, they are "collaborative" here are the questions you may consider asking them:

  • Are you a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois?
  • Are you a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals?
  • What other kinds of cases do you have besides those that are Collaborative?
  • Do you use CLII's Participation Agreement for Collaborative cases?
  • Do you subscribe to the team approach? 
  • Which other professionals besides lawyers do you involve in the process and at what point? How are the other Collaborative professionals for a given team selected?
  • How many Collaborative cases have you had (that is, cases where the Participation Agreement was signed by everyone)? How many have you resolved successfully? If some were not resolved successfully, what were the reasons? 
  • What kinds of ongoing continuing education programs/training have you attended?
  • If a case needs to drop out of the Collaboration mode and become a litigated case, how do you handle that?

By asking these questions, you can ensure that you have the professionals you need working to help everyone involved get through this difficult transition more easily.






Client Stories in Illinois Collaborative Divorce Cases

“We chose the collaborative approach because we wanted a respectful process. We were active participants in the final settlement as opposed to having a judge decide the outcome.”

- Collaborative Law Client    


Sometimes just hearing how others have successfully used the Collaborative Divorce Process can be really helpful. We encourage you to take a look. Please keep in mind that the names have been changed for client privacy.


Client Stories: Story 1 – Resolving Child Custody Issues (Supportive)

Kathy and Tim had been married for nine years. Kathy worked part-time as a teacher’s aide earning about $20,000 per year. Tim worked in the computer industry earning about $120,000 per year. They had twin boys: aged 6. Tim worked long hours in the past and left most of the parenting to Kathy. But as the children grew older, Tim showed more interest in spending time with them… Click here to read complete story


Client Stories: Story 2 – Determining Spousal Financial Support (Considerate)

Kim, 62, and Paul, 61, were married for 40 years. They had three children – all grown and independent. After being married at 22 and 21 respectively, Paul maintained the primary income. Kim stopped working full-time and instead worked at various part-time office jobs while also being the primary caregiver of the children… Click here to read complete story


Client Stories: Story 3 – Dividing Marital Assets (Sensible)

Kevin and Jackie were married for 18 years, both in well-paying jobs, with two teen-aged children. Deciding on divorce, they had agreed to work out a resolution through Collaborative Process instead of going to Court. Custody of the teenagers was not an issue…Click here to read complete story


Client Stories: Story 4 – Collaborating in an Amicable Divorce (Constructive)

When a collaborative divorce has everything working in its favor, it can be an amazingly smooth process. This story truly demonstrates that… Click here to read complete story


Client Stories: Stories 5 – Negotiating a Quick Divorce Agreement (Mutual)

Collaborative or not, divorce negotiation ordinarily takes at least several months – more typically the better part of a year, and not infrequently, more than a year. In this particular scenario, our client asked us, “Is it possible to do this in 10 days?”…Click here to read complete story

“We chose the collaborative approach because we wanted a respectful process. We were active participants in the final settlement as opposed to having a judge decide the outcome.”
Kevin and Jackie were married for 18 years, both in well-paying jobs, with two teen-aged children. Deciding on divorce, they had agreed to work out a resolution through Collaborative Process instead of going to Court. Custody of the teenagers was not an issue…

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