Collaborative Divorce is a relatively new trend in divorce in which both parties commit to settle all issues outside of the courtroom. The parties will retain one Financial Expert to help them with all of their property issues and one Mental Health Professional to deal with communication and children issues.
Collaborative Divorce is very different from a regular divorce in that the parties work through their divorce together as a team, in a series of meetings, rather than one spouse against the other. It is important to realize that if you begin the divorce process through Collaborative Law and then the negotiation falls apart, both parties have to retain new attorneys to represent them in Court, as no attorneys who participated in the Collaborative proceedings can serve as an attorney in the litigation.
While Collaborative Divorce is not for everyone, it can be a unique and invaluable way to end your marriage in a respectful manner and help move through the divorce process as amicable as possible.