What types of cases do you take?

We handle a variety of family matters that include: child custody, child support, divorce (even if you have not been separated for a year), dissolution of long-term partnerships, and modification of prior child custody and child support orders or agreements.

Do you work with same-sex couples?

Yes. The Collaborative Project assists same-sex couples with family law matters that include custody, child support, and dissolution of long-term partnerships.

What if I already have a lawyer?

To use the Collaborative Process for dispute resolution you must work with an attorney who is Collaboratively trained. If you currently have an attorney and are interested in the Collaborative Process, ask your attorney if he/she is Collaboratively trained. You may also contact the Collaborative Project of Maryland to see whether you are eligible for low bono or pro bono services.

What if the other party already has a lawyer?

To use the Collaborative Process for dispute resolution, both attorneys must be Collaboratively trained. To be eligible for our program, both attorneys must be assigned by the Collaborative Project.

What if one party lives out of state?

Please contact the Collaborative Project to find out what options are available.

What is the difference between Collaborative Practice and mediation?

Both Collaborative Practice and mediation are out-of-court, alternative dispute resolution processes that involve parties and professionals working together to reach agreement. A key component of Collaborative Practice is that each party has an attorney by his or her side throughout the process, as well as the option to use mental health coaches, child specialists, financial neutrals, or other neutral experts to assist in the process as needed.

Can my Collaborative attorney represent me in court?

Your Collaborative attorney may not represent you in court in any contested proceeding. Your Collaborative attorney may only represent you in court in an uncontested proceeding, such as entering an order by consent. Your attorney cannot represent you in court if you are not able to reach an agreement using the Collaborative process.

What is the Collaborative Project mission statement?

Collaborative Project of Maryland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to the Collaborative dispute resolution process and providing support to the community.  CPM provides access for Maryland residents, especially those of modest means, to Collaboratively trained professionals to resolve their disputes out of court in a respectful manner.

What is the Collaborative Project vision statement?

Collaborative Project of Maryland, in partnership with Collaborative professionals, the judiciary, and community groups, facilitate the use of the Collaborative Process as a valued, accessible, and highly utilized alternative dispute resolution option for resolving legal issues of Maryland residents.

What are the Collaborative Project values?
  • Respect – openness, acceptance, and compassion
  • Integrity – operate with honesty and accountability
  • Commitment – to the Collaborative Process
  • Excellence – provide quality service, internally and externally