Collaborative practice is a form of voluntary dispute resolution that enables parties to reach a settlement agreement instead of litigating a matter. Collaborative divorce is a subset of collaborative practice in which spouses can obtain a divorce outside of the traditional process of litigation. While there are other forms of collaborative practice, collaborative divorce is currently the most developed area of collaborative practice. Thus, collaborative practice, collaborative law, and collaborative divorce are often interchangeable terms.
Founding partner of McGaughey & Spirito in Redondo Beach, California, Joe Spirito has been practicing family law since 1982 and is currently serving as secretary of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law Section.