Collaborative law is a process by which the parties in a divorce (or other family law matters) agree to work through the issues in dispute together, instead of looking to the courts for resolution through traditional litigation. After agreeing to proceed with the collaborative process, both parties will need an attorney trained in collaborative law and will sign a participation agreement. As a part of the participation agreement, the parties agree that if they are unable to resolve their disagreements and resort to litigation, both parties will be required to obtain new attorneys. This process ensures that everyone is working collaboratively, without the threat of litigation.
In addition to attorneys, other professionals are often used in the collaborative process. For example, a financial adviser might be retained to help everyone sort through the finances and understand the consequences of certain financial decisions. A mental health professional might be involved as a coach to help with communication, conflict resolution, or other issues. A parenting coordinator or children