About Collaborative Divorce

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What is Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce allows families to experience the divorce process in a supportive environment without litigation.

It is a dispute resolution model in which a divorcing couple works with a team of trained professionals (which typically includes attorneys, mental health professionals and financial experts) to find mutually agreeable solutions that reflect the important goals and welfare of both parties and their children.

Collaborative Divorce differs from the traditional divorce model in that clients agree not to go to court which sets the foundation for an atmosphere that is more open and less adversarial. The goal of this approach is to improve and enhance communication between the parties and to set the course for a healthier relationship during and after the divorce process.

Collaborative Divorce is based on three principles:


The parties pledge in writing not to go to court.


Both parties engage in an honest exchange of information.


Each solution takes into account the highest priorities of the parties and other related persons, such as children or other family members.

Key takeaways for engaging the Collaborative Divorce model:


The collaborative process recognizes and understands each client’s needs, interests, concerns and goals, while allowing parties to be heard.


Children are given a voice in the process, minimizing potential trauma that can sometimes last for generations.


Confidentiality - Decisions regarding the allocation of marital assets and child custody are kept private.