Collaborative Law, known in some states as "Collaborative Practice," "Collaborative Divorce," or "Collaborative Family Law," is a solution-oriented alternative to traditional divorce. Instead of focusing on assessing blame for problems, couples focus on solutions to problems that best fit their competing and shared needs and interests.
Collaborative law provides divorcing couples an innovative, cost-effective alternative to a traditional courtroom divorce.
It provides the convenience, privacy, autonomy, and safe space to facilitate a settlement tailored to the unique needs and situation of the divorcing couple and their family.
It also allows financial and mental health professionals familiar with the collaborative law process to help divorcing couples come to agreement.
Collaborative law seeks solutions allowing each person impacted by a divorce - especially children - to have the best post-divorce lives possible.
Collaborative law is a more cost-effective process than a traditional divorce, structured so divorcing couples work with collaborative professionals to resolve financial, parenting, and other pertinent issues. It's a process allowing couples to invest directly in solutions rather than costly litigation.
In collaborative law, control isn't ceded to a judge unfamiliar with a family's unique circumstances. Instead, the divorcing couple works with collaborative professionals -- and without court interference -- to arrive at an informed solution designed to deliver the most positive outcome possible for the family.
Collaborative professionals control a confidential process -- in an office rather than a courtroom setting -- that provides the resources, structure and privacy needed for a divorcing couple to consider their unique circumstances and arrive at a mutually-agreeable settlement.
Collaborative law operates on a family's schedule. Couples have the flexibility to schedule meetings with their collaborative team when all participants are best able to meet.
Parents divorcing collaboratively are better able to protect their children from the damaging effects of a highly contentious divorce and preserve more of their mutual respect for each other as parents.
The Collaborative Law approach is a settlement process that focuses on helping families find their way to respectful resolution, creating a safe environment for the parties to express, negotiate and resolve conflict without going to court.
The Collaborative Law process recognizes even though a marriage may be ending, relationships and obligations often continue, especially when children are involved. It allows spouses to formulate agreements that focus on their most important individual and mutual goals. This process helps all family members move forward in a positive way - focused on the future, rather than dwelling on arguments and disputes of the past.