- Each spouse has their own attorney.
- Each side has access to or is required to use other specialists (coaches, child specialist, financial specialist, etc.).
- All professionals have been trained in collaborative process.
- All agree to collaboration and work together to resolve issues.
- If either of the couple chooses to end the collaborative process all professionals withdraw.
Best used for
- Couples who wish to resolve their parenting plan without traumatizing their children.
- Couples who wish to keep divorce private and avoid the loss of control over their family and money in open court.
- Less expensive than a traditional contested divorce
- May be more productive
- Each party has a person looking out for their best interests
- Not appropriate if spouse becomes very difficult
- If process breaks down, spouses will need to retain new attorneys