Divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotional periods in life. Compounding that stress with needless and costly litigation only heightens emotion and can make divorce into an ugly process. Collaborative Practice, on the other hand, is structured to meet the emotional and financial needs of the family, without the time constraints and sometimes overwhelming procedures and paperwork of the litigation process.
Collaborative Divorce is based on the following three principles:
1. An agreement not to go to court
2. A transparent exchange of information between both spouses
3. A solution based on the individual priorities of the family
The hallmark of the collaborative divorce is that the two attorneys representing the spouses agree to no longer work with the couple if they decide to proceed in court. From the beginning, the couple and attorneys are committed to settling the case, and all four have a financial incentive to do so.