Collaborative Law

Working Together Brings the Best Results

Collaborative law is designed to support two parties working together in a respectful and constructive way to reach resolution. There are no winners and losers in Collaborative Law. Instead, it is intended to reduce anxiety, generate trust, and create an environment where couples can hear each other's interests, goals and concerns. The collaborative law divorce process ends when the parties reach a durable agreement. Through the use of coaches and financial specialist, peaceful resolution is possible. Collaborative family law can be the beginning of the healing process.

Collaborative Divorce does not rely on courts or judges or third-parties who don’t know your family to decide your future. The parties set the pace, determine the goals, and work with committed and talented professionals. 

Collaborative Divorce is a non-adversarial process, conducted outside of the court system in which each party, who has his/her own collaboratively trained attorney, is guided in interest-based negotiations, to reach a fair and equitable agreement.

This process begins when each party retains a collaborative attorney and signs a written commitment agreeing they will not go to court, and will commit to resolving their family matter(s) in planned meetings with collaborative professionals. The parties are empowered to make informed choices.

Should You Be Interested In Collaborative Divorce? Yes, if you want to:

  • Put your children first

  • Protect your children from the effects of a high conflict, contested divorce

  • Control the outcome of your case rather than let the judge decide

  • Strive for a win-win solution and avoid a win-lose outcome

  • Tailor the outcome of your case to your family circumstances and needs

  • Keep your finances and other personal information as private as possible

  • Spend less money and time than you would were you in a contested divorce

  • Be fair and want your spouse to know you are going to be fair

  • Focus on the future, rather than the past; focus on the positive  

To learn more about Collaborative Divorce, download this COLLABORATIVE LAW KNOWLEDGE KIT from the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals: