Collaborative Divorce is for couples with moderate to high amounts of conflict, who want to ensure their rights and goals are protected, but who at least agree that they would like a more civil and flexible process for handling their divorce. If you and your spouse do not see eye to eye on many things, but agree that the option of going to court should be a last resort, Collaborative Divorce may be your best option so that you can resolve and repair the disagreements you do have, rather than becoming entrenched through the court process.
In Collaborative Divorce, couples sign an agreement to handle their dispute through meetings mediated by a neutral mental health professional and financial planner, rather than by going to court. Each person hires their own attorney to protect their interests through the process, but the agreement requires both sides to remain open to negotiation, brainstorming, and feedback on parenting and finances as they go through the process.
After a series of meetings with the couple and their professionals, the result will be a clear plan for the future that draws sustainable boundaries and expectations for creating two separate families out of what once was one. The couple will be provided with a final divorce package and parenting plan to drop off to the court for the judge's signature, and none of the parties will set foot in a courtroom.