Collaborative Divorce

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Collaborative Divorce engages the powerful tool of negotiation (rather than litigation) to resolve a couple’s divorce settlement. This ground-breaking divorce option offers a safe and dignified environment that reduces conflict and allows spouses to gracefully transition from husband and wife, to father and mother.

Collaborative Divorce provides both you and your spouse with collaboratively trained attorneys, as well as neutral financial, mental health, and parenting experts to educate and support you in reaching balanced and sustainable agreements. It is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which you and your spouse settle your divorce without going to Court.

In Collaborative Divorce:

  • Each client hires a collaboratively trained attorney to guide the client through the process.
  • The two attorneys and two clients work as a team to generate options for a mutually acceptable, comprehensive settlement.
  • Where appropriate, other collaboratively trained professionals such as a child specialist or financial planner join the team to provide added expertise and counseling.
  • Both clients agree to achieve a fair and comprehensive settlement without going to Court or threatening to go to Court.
  • Each client voluntarily discloses all information relevant to reaching a settlement.
  • Each client makes a good faith effort to look for resolutions that meet the needs of all members of the family.
  • Both parties agree to deal honestly with each other and to communicate in a respectful manner.

Click here for more information from the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

View a video of a real couple using collaborative divorce. 

Audrey Cromwell is one of a number of attorneys in Montana trained and certified in Collaborative Divorce.  Please give us a call or send us a message if you are interested in Collaborative Divorce and we can discuss the process and your options.

 For more information see the following articles:

Why Collaborative Divorce Makes Financial Sense, US News and World Report (2013).

Collaborative Divorce Offers Options to Court Battles, USA Today (2013).

More Couples Seeking Kinder, Gentler Divorces, NBC News (2007).