In a collaborative divorce, the parties each have their own specially trained lawyer. Our attorneys that practice in this area have been trained in collaborative law and are members of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
In a collaborative divorce, the parties and attorneys agree that they will not go to court, but will negotiate the settlement of their divorce instead. If the negotiation breaks down, the parties must dismiss the collaborative lawyers and hire litigation attorneys. Most of the collaborative divorce is done in the same room, with the parties and the lawyers working respectfully and cooperatively.
A traditional divorce can be expensive and difficult. A collaborative divorce reduces the acrimony of a litigated divorce and in some cases is less expensive. Much of the work is done in four-way face-to face meetings where everything is exchanged without the need for costly legal maneuvers, and with respect given and received.
Our member attorneys that practice in the area of collaborative divorce: