Collaborative divorce is a method of alternative dispute resolution in family law. It is best described as a method of practicing law in which the lawyers for both sides (parties) agree to assist the clients to resolve conflicts by employing cooperative techniques rather than adversarial strategies and litigation. All of the people involved commit themselves to achieving a negotiated outcome. It is agreed that no litigation will be commenced during the negotiations.
Often called a "wholistic" approach to divorce, it is a solution oriented approach for clients determined to prevent permanent damage to relationships, even difficult relationships. It is characterized by dignity and fairness, cooperation and professionalism, while the parties find solutions for divorce issues such as child custody and child support, property division and spousal maintenance and alimony.
Each spouse or partner hires a lawyer trained in collaborative law and they proceed through four way meetings to identify problems, explore options and negotiate solutions. If necessary, the clients and lawyers work with trained professionals in other disciplines, such as
The heart of collaborative practice is to offer the clients the support, protection and guidance of their own lawyers without the necessity or threat of court. Each client works with a lawyer to negotiate for what matters most to them. The clients with their lawyers together evaluate options and make decisions for the long-term.
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