Collaborative Law

Collaborative Practice is distinguished from traditional litigation by these core elements:
  • Collaboratively trained professionals are hired to negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement without using court to decide any issues.
  • The professionals must withdraw if either client goes to court.
  • Clients and professionals engage in open communication and information sharing.
Everyone creates shared solutions that take into account the highest priorities of both spouses.


The process of a collaborative divorce or separation is intended to help support the parties through a very difficult time of transition. Rather than positioning the parties against each other, a team of professionals works together to attempt to come up with a creative solution that best positions both parties to move forward with their lives. Respect is prioritized throughout the process.

A collaborative divorce or separation allows the parties to move forward at their own pace and retain control of the transition process. While there is open communication and information sharing amongst the team members, all sessions are private and your personal information is kept out of the public sphere of a courtroom.

Your attorney is still your legal representative and advisor, enabling you to make confident, informed decisions.

Your collaborative team may include the following professionals:
  • Attorneys
  • Coaches (mental health professionals)
  • Financial Neutral
  • Child Specialist

Is Collaborative Right for You?

Are the answers to most of these questions true for both of you?
  • You want a civilized, respectful resolution of the issues.
  • You have children and want to avoid the harm associated with court battles.
  • You want guidance and legal advice without the risk of escalated court proceedings.
  • You recognize the importance of working through emotions in order to make important legal, financial and child-related agreements.
  • You and your spouse have a circle of friends in common.
  • You value privacy and don’t want your personal or financial information available in public court records.
  • You believe you and your spouse can make better decisions about your family and finances than a judge.
  • You want to avoid the pain and expense of having to return to court after the divorce is finalized.
  • Your vision for you and your family extends beyond the divorce, into retirement and the adulthood of your children.
Please contact me to schedule a consultation or to receive additional information about Collaborative Law and the benefits it has to offer.