What Is Collaborative Divorce?

Resolving disputes with dignity.

The Collaborative divorce process provides a framework for negotiation and an alternative to litigation that allows parties to resolve their disputes with dignity, privacy and skilled guidance. The Collaborative process supports parties as they create the terms of financial agreements and parenting plans without Court intervention. The Collaborative approach typically saves time, money, emotional distress, and relationships. Additionally, the Collaborative process gives families access to child specialists and financial experts to assist them in reaching a mutually beneficial outcome of their divorce or other family matter.

In every Collaborative case, each party is represented by a Collaborative lawyer, and each member of the team is committed to resolving issues by agreement, without litigation. A primary goal of the Collaborative process is to help people come to agreement about the issues they face together, through needs- and interest-based negotiation to create a win – win result. Interdisciplinary teams are used, enabling families jointly hire the experts who will help reach a durable and careful resolution of their issues. The interdisciplinary team approach saves families time, expense and stress, very distinct from a traditional litigated divorce.

Both spouses sign a Collaborative Participation agreement at the beginning of the process which states that neither side will go to court. In addition, the parties disclose all documents and information related to their disputed issues, with the support and guidance of their Collaborative attorneys. Both attorneys invest their professional integrity on ensuring full, early, voluntary disclosure of necessary information.

The Collaborative process helps keep families’ financial and emotional resources intact while they are going through what is traditionally a financially and emotionally draining experience.