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Collaborative Law/Divorce Facts

Collaborative Law/Divorce
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Collaborative law is an alternative method of resolving disputes whereby the parties agree to remove the matter from the courtroom setting and engage in a process of problem solving. Both parties retain attorneys, who are trained in the collaborative process, to help them settle the dispute. The basic idea is to reach settlement without the threat of litigation. The parties sign contractual agreements which include requirements about disclosing information to each other, acting respectfully, insulating children, sharing experts, and having the primary goal of working toward an amicable resolution. If resolution does not occur, then the collaborative process ends and both attorneys are disqualified from further involvement. The approach, however, is to not assess blame for problems, but to focus on finding solutions that best fit the competing and shared interests of the parties, and children, involved.

What is Collaborative Law/Divorce?

The parties have control over the process and the outcome, and have the opportunity to engage in a method which allows them to handle conflict with integrity.


Parties who participate in the Collaborative Process recognize the importance of protecting their children from the harm that litigation can impose, and further recognize the goal of having positive future relationships.


Collaborative Law is often more cost-effective, and frequently much quicker, than traditional divorce, allowing parties to invest directly in solutions rather than costly courtroom disputes.


The process is confidential and personalized. It takes place in private meetings, not courtrooms, and discussions are tailored to meet the individual needs of the parties.


Collaborative Divorce recognizes that even though the marriage may be ending, the relationships and obligations often times do not, particularly when there are children. The process focuses on the future, and does not dwell on the past arguments. The process allows parties to address the emotional issues that exist that cannot be effectively dealt with by the legal system.


Collaborative Law is not a win/lose proposition, it is a win/win for the participants, helping them find their way to respectful results.

The Collaborative Process allows you and your spouse (or other party, in a non- divorce situation) to negotiate an acceptable agreement with some professional assistance. Specially trained collaborative attorneys advise and help you to negotiate agreements. This occurs by you meeting separately with your attorney, and then having the four of you meet together, on a regularly scheduled basis, with pre-approved and discussed agendas. These group meetings may also include other professionals, such as neutral financial planners/accountants, and parenting/child development specialists to help work through issues. This group approach gives you a myriad of resources to help you achieve resolution with dignity, and without the animosity and adversarial tenor of a courtroom setting.


Why Choose the Collaborative Process?