Collaborative divorce is an alternative to divorce court that provides you with the security of having your own attorney while still allowing you to work with your spouse to reach an agreement on the issues in your divorce.
In a collaborative divorce (also called collaborative law, or collaborative practice) you and your spouse each hire specially trained collaborative attorneys who advise and assist you in negotiating a settlement that covers how to divide your property, amounts of spousal and child support, if any, and how you’ll share parenting responsibilities.
As part of a collaborative divorce, both spouses and their attorneys sign a “no court” agreement that says you’ll all work together to settle the case, and if you can’t, the attorneys will withdraw from the before it goes to court. This requires each of you to find new attorneys and start over, so it’s a powerful incentive to reach an agreement. A collaborative divorce may also involve other professionals, such as child custody specialists or neutral accountants, who are committed to helping you settle your case without litigation.