Collaborative divorce law can be defined as a family law process wherein the two parties agree to avoid court proceedings and avoid any threats of litigation. The parties attempt to reach a fair settlement by way of a series of meetings, including each party and their lawyer.
Early participation by attorneys allows the participants and their attorneys to use the more positive and effective aspects of good lawyering not often seen in proceedings involving litigation, court intervention and even mediation, such as:
- Critical and rational analysis,
- Creative and thoughtful problem solving,
- Generating multiple options for settlement,
- Maintaining a positive and cooperative environment for settlement, and
- Building a foundation for co-parenting, financial security and positive future interactions.