Collaborative DivorceIt is simply a fact that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But the emotional devastation that often accompanies a divorce doesn't have to be a fact as well.
Collaborative Practice is the alternative to “divorce as usual”. It is designed to minimize the hurt, the conflict, the anger and alienation that often occur with divorce.
The Collaborative philosophy is built on a belief in human dignity and respect. Every part of a collaborative divorce—from open communications to interest-based negotiation to out-of-court settlement—is built upon respect. When respect is given and received, conflict is minimized, making discussions more productive and an agreement more likely.
The end of a marriage is painful enough. The process itself shouldn't add to the pain.
Collaborative Practice is a way for spouses to resolve their divorce respectfully, without going to court. The Collaborative Law model was developed in Minnesota in the 1980s. Each client has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer. While Collaborative lawyers are always a part of the process, sometimes child specialists, financial specialists and divorce coaches become involved as part of the clients' team. Clients choose professionals as needed and benefit from their expertise and support throughout the process.
Collaborative Practice is distinguished from traditional litigation by these core elements:
- Professionals are hired to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without using court to decide any issues
- The professionals must withdraw if either client goes to court
- Clients and professionals engage in open communication and information sharing
- Everyone creates shared solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both spouses