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THE Basics of a Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative law is a voluntary process in which parties settle their disputes without resorting to litigation. In a collaborative process:

 
  1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of their divorce process.

  2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to their divorce (i.e. assets and liabilities);

  3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;

  4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;

  5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and

  6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.

 

Want to learn more about collaborative law? visit the international academy of collaborative professionals' website.