The key difference between Collaborative Divorce and conventional divorce is the pledge to reach an agreement before going to court. You and your spouse keep control of the decisions yourself, rather than letting a judge decide. In order to accomplish that, all of the parties consent in writing to be part of a respectful process that leads to an out-of-court resolution. With Collaborative Divorce, the goal is to develop effective relationships, solve problems jointly and prevent a court battle.
Both parties are represented by an attorney throughout the process. No court appearances are required, and all necessary paperwork can be completed by the attorneys. The primary objectives are to insure that agreements are mutually satisfying to the parties and likely to endure and promote the well-being of the children. The two parties, each with their own attorney, sit down together to work out the details of the dissolution of their marriage, with the help of child, family and financial specialists.