IDFA Online Learning
What is Collaborative Practice and How Can A CDFA be Part of the Process?
Recorded On: 10/07/2020
Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation.
In Collaborative Practice:
- The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
- The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
- The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
- Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
- The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
- The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
Ross M. Evans
Ross Evans is a Graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he received his BS in Psychology in 1983 and Juris Doctorate in Law in 1986.
In 1988, Mr. Evans was appointed a Magistrate with the Hamilton County Juvenile Court where he presided over Custody, Visitation, Paternity and Delinquency cases until 1996.
Mr. Evans who continues to serve the Court as a Guardian Ad Litem and Parenting Coordinator is a founding member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals where he has served on the steering committee since its inception and as the President from 2007 to 2009. In June 2009, Mr. Evans was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals which is a 4000+ member organization suporting Collaborative Practice throughout the world.