Collaborative Divorce is a process for those that want their own attorney, yet are committed to staying out of court and working with their spouse in a respectful manner. Each party and Collaborative attorney pledge in writing to stay out of court, participate in good faith, and work as a team to achieve the best possible outcome for all involved. If either party decides to end the process, neither attorney can represent their client in court.
Additional professionals, who have been collaboratively trained, include mental health professionals who assist with the emotional, communication, and parenting challenges in the divorce. Trained and certified financial advisors are available to gather and analyze financial data and assist the parties in allocating income, assets, debt and property, as well as evaluate different options based on the resources available. These professionals commit to working as a team, with the goal of assisting the parties in a mutually acceptable, out-of-court settlement.
Collaborative Divorce is especially helpful for parents or those who will continue a relationship after their divorce (co-workers or members of the same organizations).
For individuals who want an independent attorney to negotiate on their behalf with their spouse or his/her attorney in a non-adversarial fashion, with the goal of reaching an out-of-court settlement that is mutually acceptable to both parties. Assistance is only available if the case remains out of court.