Collaborative Process is a peaceful way to resolve family matters such as divorce, custody, and parenting plans.

The Collaborative Process engages a professional team of a lawyer for each party plus financial and facilitation neutrals to help you: learn everything you need to know to make the best decisions about your future; retain control over your divorce or other family matters; keep your dispute private; plan a better future for your re-structured family; instead of battling each other in court.
Frequent Terms of Collaborative Practice/Process:
Collaborative Team | Collaborative Lawyers | Financial Neutral | Neutral Facilitator

Will Collaborative Work For Me?

Collaborative Process can be used to resolve almost any dispute from family matters.
Click the section below to see many of the matters that can be resolved through the Collaborative Process:
Family Matters
A Collaborative Divorce happens when both spouses agree to resolve their differences peacefully, with dignity and without going to court. Each spouse retains a Collaborative lawyer. The team includes a neutral financial professional and a neutral facilitator trained as a mental health professional/mediator. All necessary information is collected efficiently. Problems are resolved privately and constructively. Collaborative Process can be used to resolve:

  • divorce
  • parenting plans
  • alimony
  • child support
  • equitable distribution
  • separation of unmarried parties
  • paternity
  • custody and visitation
  • timesharing
  • pre-nuptial and post-nuptial (separation) agreements

Over 95% of all divorces and other family disputes are resolved by settlement, not by a judge. Participants in the Collaborative Process decide from the beginning to resolve their differences without a judge. Traditional litigation focuses on the past, on people’s worst moments. A judge’s decision won’t change the past. Collaborative Practice is right for all families who want a better future.

What Benefits Does Collaborative Offer Compared To Litigation?

The chart below highlights the differences between a Collaborative and Litigated Divorce. These differences can translate to any the collaborative process regarding most family matters.
collaborative-divorce-vs-traditional-divorce-spbcclg Source: IACP

How To Start The Collaborative Process

1. Talk

Talk to the other person (i.e. your spouse, partner, etc) about having a respectful & confidential dispute resolution.

2. Share

Share this website with the other party and/or the website of the Collaborative Practice Group near you (see Step 3 below)