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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative practice in family law is an alternative dispute resolution method that aims to resolve legal issues arising from family matters, such as divorce, child custody, and spousal support, through a cooperative and non-adversarial approach. Family law attorneys play a crucial role in facilitating this process. Here's a general overview of the collaborative practice process for family law attorneys:

  1. Client Orientation:

    • Attorneys explain the collaborative process to their clients, emphasizing the commitment to reaching a mutually beneficial resolution without resorting to litigation.

    • Clients sign a participation agreement, committing to open communication and full disclosure of relevant information.

  2. Formation of the Collaborative Team:

    • Each party is represented by their own collaborative attorney. 

    • The collaborative team may also include other professionals, such as financial experts, mental health professionals, and child specialists, depending on the issues involved.

  3. Initial Meetings:

    • Joint meetings are scheduled with all involved parties, including attorneys and any additional professionals the client may desire.

    • Goals and guidelines for the collaborative process are established, ensuring a transparent and respectful communication environment.

  4. Identifying Interests and Concerns:

    • Attorneys help clients identify and articulate their interests, needs, and concerns regarding the family law matters at hand.

    • Open communication is encouraged to foster a better understanding of each party's perspective.

  5. Generating Options:

    • Attorneys work collaboratively to generate creative and mutually acceptable solutions to the issues at hand.

    • The emphasis is on problem-solving rather than adversarial tactics.

  6. Negotiation and Settlement:

    • Attorneys guide their clients through negotiations, helping them explore various options and reach agreements on key issues.

    • Settlement discussions may involve joint sessions or separate meetings, depending on the nature of the issues.

  7. Drafting Agreements:

    • Once agreements are reached, attorneys collaborate to draft legally binding documents that reflect the terms of the settlement.

    • Both parties review and approve the drafted agreements.

  8. Court Approval:

    • The final settlement agreements are submitted to the court for approval, making the collaborative process legally binding.

  9. Termination of Collaborative Process:

    • If the collaborative process fails to reach a resolution, both attorneys must withdraw from the case, and the parties may proceed with traditional litigation if necessary either with new counsel or on their own.

  10. Post-Resolution Support:

    • Attorneys may provide guidance on the implementation of the settlement and offer support as needed.

    • The collaborative team may reconvene if issues arise that require further resolution.


Collaborative practice in family law emphasizes a holistic and client-centered approach, aiming to minimize the emotional and financial toll often associated with traditional litigation. It fosters cooperation, communication, and respect among all parties involved.

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