A collaborative divorce is an approach that allows divorcing couples to avoid the high cost, stress, and trauma often associated with protracted litigation. The collaborative divorce process utilizes teams of attorneys (and sometimes mental health professionals) who work together to help to divorce couples complete their divorce as efficiently as possible. In a collaborative divorce, the parties agree to forego public court litigation and instead use an alternative dispute resolution method such as arbitration or mediation.
Collaborative divorce is not only affordable but empowers separating couples by giving them control over how issues are resolved. It is a private and voluntary process that is created and driven by the clients themselves. Each client has complete control of his or her divorce and maintains full authority to make any and all decisions throughout the life of the case. For many, this control over their destiny is empowering as it helps them overcome fears associated with an amicable divorce.