In Collaborative Divorce, you and your spouse/partner reach a settlement agreement in a way that promotes respect, places your children first, and focuses on meeting the unique needs of your family. All of this is done without court.
Too often, divorce becomes a declaration of war. And, when children are involved, they may feel the hurt the deepest and the longest. Collaborative professionals work with both parents to arrive at a solution which is best for everyone. Collaborative Divorce takes a problem-solving approach to restructuring your family and creating two households.
A Respectful and Mutually Agreed-upon Process
Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process where your family needs and cares are considered. Rather than turning the decision-making power over to a judge or other third party, control of your settlement agreement is kept with you.
When issues about children are part of the dispute, their needs are placed first. Your lawyers are there to guide and advise you through the entire process. Communication and financial professionals support your best and healthiest decision-making while helping to keep focus on your family’s needs.
There is full disclosure and transparency of facts and information. Open and respectful communication is encouraged.
It works because it includes:
- A pledge not to go to court
- An honest exchange of information by both spouses
- A support system to help along the way
- A solution that takes into account highest priorities of the family
Collaborative Divorce provides the support you need by aligning professionals with the skill and expertise needed to guide and inform you along the way. The result is a legally binding agreement that resolves all the issues facing your family after separation. One that is co-created together for your family.
The Collaborative Divorce process preserves privacy and your dignity, while giving you the best possible chance of resolving disputes respectfully without court intervention. This process may work even when spouses are “far apart” on solutions.
Collaborative Divorce is Not For Everyone
If you have experienced emotional or physical abuse, or are not willing to actively participate, you will probably be better served by another process, such as litigation.
Collaborative Divorce flow chart – PDF
Principles & Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce – PDF