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Collaborative divorce is a legal process that enables couples to end their marriage amicably with the aid of their team of attorneys, counselors, mediators and other professionals (i.e. accountants, tax advisors, real estate professionals, etc.).  The team works together to create a client-centered process to resolve conflict that comes with the legal termination of the relationship. 

Legal Process.  Attorneys will work with the couple to divide assets and debt, determine whether either party should receive spousal maintenance (alimony).  If the couple has minor children born of the marriage or adopted, the process will also include developing a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the children and to determine child support (if applicable).

Emotional Support.  Counselors will provide both individual and joint counseling sessions to help couples begin to address the natural emotions which typically arise during divorces.  Many times emotions prevent clients from being rational, causing the case to drag on unnecessarily. 

Mediation During Divorce
.  The couple is free to work out all issues in a manner that works from them, instead of being subject to the will of the judicial officer.

Other Professionals.  Depending on each situation, the couple may also work with accountants, tax advisors, real estate professionals, and business valuators.


Benefits of Collaborative Divorce
  • Collaborative divorce can potentially save couples money over a traditional, adversarial divorce, if they successfully complete the process and settle their divorce by consent decree.

  • The couple may feel more comfortable communicating and exchanging information without being fearful of being taken advantage of.

  • The couple will be able to begin to work through the turmoil that may accompany the divorce with licensed counselors.

  • The couple may never have to appear in court (or may only have to appear once for the Court to approve their parenting plan and child support award if they have minor children).

  • Counseling may help the couple refrain from transferring their emotions about the divorce to the children.
  • The couple can negotiate a resolution that works for them without the worry of having a judge make decisions about their lives after presiding over a short trial.