In a Collaborative Divorce, the couple reaches an out-of-court agreement that is negotiated by using a collaborative team to assist the parties. The team always consists of the couple and their respective lawyers. The majority of teams also include a divorce coach to assist with communication and parenting issues, and a financial neutral to assist with cash flow, tax issues, and financial projections.
What makes a Collaborative Divorce unique is that the couple and their collaborative professionals pledge, in writing, to only negotiate to reach a resolution. The lawyers cannot participate in litigation on behalf of their clients. The couple also commits to voluntarily provide all documents relevant to the process and not to hide assets. These pledges create a safe space for each person to reveal his and her interests, concerns and goals. While the couple never actually relinquishes the individual right to litigate, each person knows that the other spouse's lawyer and other team members will have neither the desire nor the opportunity to oppose them in court at a later date and time. The safety and creativity of this process is used to help create a durable, long-lasting resolution to the issues surrounding the end of a marriage.
Informed Consent Form
Collaborative Law Agreement