Collaborative law, often referred to as the “no court divorce,” provides families the unique opportunity to maintain complete control over their future bolstered with a pledge not to litigate. The parties and their collaborative lawyers sign a contract in which they agree that the case will not be taken to court.
Collaborative law offers the opportunity to bring in other professionals – accountants or child psychologists, for example – to help the parties create the best asset allocation, support agreement, or parenting plan possible. The parties, their collaborative lawyers, and any other necessary professionals complete a series of negotiation sessions until a comprehensive, individualized agreement is reached.
Another unique feature of collaborative law is that each party may have his or her own “divorce coach”: a professional who has received specific training in helping individuals with all the life changes that occur during separation and divorce. From providing therapeutic support to teaching household bookkeeping or budgeting to the spouse who did not handle the family finances, the divorce coach eases the difficult transition.