Collaborative Divorce, also called Collaborative Practice Divorce, is a voluntary dispute-resolution process in which parties settle without resorting to litigation.
In Collaborative Divorce:
- The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
- The parties voluntarily disclose all information that is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
- The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
- Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
- The parties may engage divorce coaches, a neutral child specialist, and neutral financial professionals whose engagement terminate upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
- The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
Collaborative Divorce provides you and your spouse or partner with the support and guidance of your own lawyers without going to court. Additionally, Collaborative Divorce allows you the benefit of lawyers, divorce coaches, child specialists, and financial specialists all working together with you as a team.
In Collaborative Divorce, core elements form your commitments to this process, which are to:
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having courts decide issues.
- Maintain open communication and information sharing.
- Create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.