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:
The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of their divorce process.
The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to their divorce (i.e. assets and liabilities);
The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and
The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.