Although there is no way to remove all pain from divorce, there is a new option available to you for how to handle your divorce that can keep conflict to a minimum, and keep the divorce transition constructive, private, respectful and creative.
This remarkably powerful and civilized approach to divorce, which is known as Collaborative Practice (including Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce) is changing how families divorce for the better.
Divorce may be inevitable, but the way people divorce isn’t.
Going through a divorce doesn’t automatically mean having to endure the turmoil that is often associated with it. You now have another choice: Collaborative Practice, which includes the Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce models. Developed as an alternative to “divorce as usual”, Collaborative Practice offers couples a humane and solutions-based approach to ending a relationship.
Collaborative Practice differs from conventional divorce in three important respects:
- The parties pledge in writing not to go to court.
- Face-to-face discussions between the spouses and their lawyers lead to an agreement.
- A respectful, problem-solving approach, often with the assistance of a divorce attorney as well as trained financial experts, child specialists and divorce coaches, replaces the often adversarial process of conventional divorce.