Collaborative Divorce

What is Collaborative Divorce?

In collaborative divorce, the traditional approach of parties being adversaries, backed by threats of litigation and court intervention, is replaced by a process that settles cases respectfully, transparently and privately. It was designed to eliminate the threat of court intervention at any stage and to allow you and your spouse to re-take control of your and your family’s future.  In Collaborative Divorce, the focus of the team working with you is on troubleshooting and problem solving.

Collaborative Divorce

How Does it Work?

  • The collaborative divorce process is based on a commitment in which, you and your spouse, and your attorneys, contractually agree, the attorneys will not go to court (except to finalize the divorce).
  • The collaborative divorce process is interdisciplinary.  It involves a team approach consisting of two collaboratively trained attorneys, a neutral financial advisor and a mental health professional who serves as a coach. The goal of the experts is to educate the parties and explore settlement options to meet the needs of you and your spouse and the child(ren).
  • This process encourages creative problem solving, win-win negotiations, and resolutions that meet the needs of all members of your family. 

What are the benefits?

  • You and your spouse are directly involved in the process and retain control over your own outcome.
  • You and your spouse agree to voluntarily provide all information requested by the collaborative team.  Because of this commitment to transparency, there is no need for discovery which can quickly increase attorney fees.
  • The divorces that use the collaborative model frequently require less time, money and emotion to be spent before resolution is attained.
  • This process produces more satisfaction for divorcing couples and better results for children, making you less likely to go to court in the future.

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