What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Practice is a solution-oriented approach for clients determined to prevent permanent damage to relationships—even difficult relationships. Characterized by dignity and fairness, collaborative practice is especially useful in divorce, child custody, and civil disputes where parties agree to maintain collaborative standards. The effects of divorce on children and the quality of life after divorce are especially relevant in Collaborative Practice.
Assembling Your Collaborative Divorce Team
Each client has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer. In addition, the couple may select a team of divorce coaches, neutral financial specialists, and child specialists, who are specially trained and experienced in divorce issues. The couple has the option of starting their separation/divorce with the professional with whom they feel most comfortable. With help and recommendations, they then choose the other professionals they will need on their team.
How Your Collaborative Divorce Team Meets Your Needs
Once the team is assembled, clients can expect the professionals to work together in close communication, strategizing along the way as to the best ways to address the issues in need of resolution. Clients find that agreements that they come to together with the help of their professionals are much more likely to hold up over time and during practical usage. This is because they have invested their energy and ideas during respectful dialogue into understanding each other’s needs and their children’s needs together.
Differences Between Collaborative Divorce & Ligitated Divorce
Collaborative Divorce is distinguished from traditional litigation by its inviolable core elements. These elements are set out in a contractual commitment between the clients and their chosen collaborative professionals to:
- Negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without using court to decide any issues
- Engage in full disclosure of all financial information
- Listen to one another and negotiate in good faith and respect
- Commit to give primacy to the children’s needs, when there are children involved
Collaborative Divorce is particularly satisfying for clients who wish to preserve the family relationships in as respectful and honorable a way as possible, restructuring rather than dissolving the family. Clients can be assisted to cooperate as much as possible, even during a very stressful time, and children’s needs can be addressed sensitively and personally.
Collaborative Divorce Team Member Roles
The following links describe our collaborative divorce team members’ roles in greater detail.