Collaborative FAQ

What is different about collaborative divorce compared to traditional divorce?

In a traditional litigated divorce, the two spouses are adversaries, each with attorneys who fight in court for the best resolution for their client. The Judge is the final decision maker. The win/lose nature of litigation often drives a deeper wedge between the divorcing couple, damaging the ability of the family to function well after the divorce.  Children often suffer the most as a result.

In contrast, the role of attorneys in a collaborative process is to keep spouses outside of the court, working together as responsible human beings through the issues of their divorce. Discussion is private; the goal is to fashion an agreement that works for everyone. The final agreement is then entered in the court.

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