Divorce Options: Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce uses the format of interest-based negotiation, rather than litigation, to problem solve a divorcing couple’s disputes. First, both parties begin by hiring private collaboratively trained attorneys and meeting with them separately to discuss their wants and needs. Then the couple will meet independently with a neutral mental health coach, who will discuss some of the emotional aspects of divorce. Then both spouses, their attorneys, the neutral mental health coach, and the financial planner all meet as a team to resolve the families’ disputes. To keep the negotiations a collaborative team effort between all parties, clients and attorneys sign a “no court” agreement in which they agree not to threaten each other with litigation. By keeping out of the court system, you and your spouse retain primary control over your divorce rather than turning over your decisions to a judge.