Collaborative Process is a peaceful way to resolve family, civil, business and other disputes.

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; resolve business disputes; keep your dispute private; plan a better future for your re-structured family; continue doing business together 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 to civil & business matters.
Click the section below that represents your matter:
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.
Civil & Business Matters
Collaborative Practice has its roots in peaceful resolution of family issues. Collaborative Practice has expanded to include all types of dispute resolution—any matter that could go to a civil court can be resolved Collaboratively. Collaborative Process can be used to resolve:

  • breach of contract
  • creation of partnerships
  • dissolution of partnerships
  • employment
  • guardianship
  • probate
The principles are the same: each party engages a Collaborative lawyer and promises to resolve the dispute without going to court.

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 other collaborative process such as civil, business, and other 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, business associate, 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)