As a neutral child specialist, I believe Collaborative Practice should be available to all families who want a child-focused, respectful, out-of-court divorce process. However, a critique often made of Collaborative Practice is how unaffordable it must be for families with limited financial resources. How could it be otherwise for a process that involves two attorneys and likely several neutral financial and/or mental health professionals?
Most of these critics are not aware that the Collaborative Law Institute has had ongoing Pro Bono/Low Bono Programs for over a decade. The goal of the current CLI Low Bono Committee is to provide very low cost but high quality services to clients who qualify, including the option of working with a full multidisciplinary team of divorce professionals.
We understand that financial hardship not only profoundly complicates day to day life but compounds the stress of getting unmarried. We realize that many parents who struggle through the massive amount of paperwork required for a do-it-yourself divorce eventually end up in court trying to sort out issues they hadn’t anticipated or didn’t fully understand at the time. We believe families in financial distress deserve a choice that will empower them to make their own decisions, but with the benefit of skillful professional support.
If you are in financial hardship and contemplating a divorce, we hope we can help. Go to the website for the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota and click the About Us tab at the top right of the homepage. Next, click on No Cost or Low Cost (Pro Bono) Programs to find the online application for low bono Collaborative services. Applications are screened for eligibility by the Low Bono Committee, but are otherwise completely confidential. If you are interested, we hope to hear from you!Tagged with: Collaborative Practice • getting unmarried • keeping children at the center • low bono services • low cost divorce • Money and Finances • neutral child specialist