Collaborative divorce is by definition a non-adversarial approach. It involves a pledge in writing to essentially not go to divorce court. Each spouse commits to reaching an acceptable legal agreement with guidance from their own attorneys as well as any other collaborative professionals that may be necessary to assist the parties in reaching a comprehensive settlement. The collaborative divorce model shifts away from litigation by settling specific divorce matters of finance, property, and parenting with the help of trained facilitators such as mediators, child specialists, divorce coaches, and financial advisors. These divorce professionals work together with each spouse and their attorneys to facilitate the collaborative process.
A good candidate for collaborative divorce would be a couple who has a desire to work out the final divorce agreement collaboratively and legally. With the benefit of having access to other neutral professionals such as a financial analyst, divorce coach, and child specialist, both spouses are able to sort out specific financial and emotional details that wouldn’t necessarily be addressed in other methods of divorce. Collaborative divorce can be an expensive option; however, it tends to be a shorter process than other divorce options.