Collaborative Divorce FAQs

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce, a new approach to divorce, offers couples an opportunity to separate and finalize a divorce with a minimum of bitterness and animosity. Instead of going in front of a judge, the two parties and their attorneys sit down together to work out the details of the dissolution of their marriage, with the help of mental health professionals and financial advisors. Each party has a lawyer and a family specialist to assist them. The team works collaboratively with the couple so that divorcing spouses can reach agreement about the following:
  • Division of property
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Children's living arrangement
  • Marital status

Both parties are represented by an attorney throughout the process. No court appearances are required, and all necessary paperwork can be completed by the attorneys. The primary objective is to ensure that agreements are enduring and better for the children.

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