Collaborative Divorce is a new way to divorce without going to court.
In a Collaborative Divorce, the parties and lawyers agree that they will not go to court. If any party chooses court, the attorneys fall out of the process. Additionally, parties often add mental health professionals and financial specialists to work as part of the Collaborative team.
In a Collaborative Divorce, the parties are in control of the process of the divorce. Rather than handing their lives over to a judge, the parties make tough choices about alimony, parenting, property division, and child support. The process is safe, dignified, empowering, supportive and mutually respectful. It’s also a great way to keep kids’ needs in perspective.
I am happy when I can see a family transition without the rancor of court. Collaborative Practice increases the ability for the couple to truly have a good experience. What’s more, parties find creative ways with the utmost professional support. I am a big believer in it!
Here is a great video produced by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The producers interviewed actual clients and professionals. So, it does a superb job of showing how the collaborative process works. Check it out!