In that situation it is possible, if everyone agrees (both lawyers and both clients), to submit just that one issue for decision by an arbitrator or private judge. We do this with important limitations and safeguards built in, so that the integrity of the Collaborative Practice process is not undermined. Everyone must agree that the good faith atmosphere of the Collaborative Practice process would not be damaged by submitting the issue for third party decision, and everyone must agree on the issue and on who will be the decision maker.
What if my partner and I can reach agreement on almost everything, but there is one point on which we are stuck. Would we have to lose our Collaborative Practitioners and go to court?
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