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It’s no secret that we are big fans of Collaborative Divorce here at Transitions Legal, and this blog will tell you why.

First and foremost, Collaborative Divorce is the most humane approach to the legal process of ending a marriage. It’s in the definition! Professionals trained in Collaborative Practice come together to facilitate the dissolution of a marriage.

Collaborative Practice is a way of resolving disputes without ending up in a courtroom and asking a judge to decide how you’ll move forward. This approach originated in the Midwestern United States in the mid-20th century and the movement, and it popularity are growing every day.

Both people must agree to the Collaborative approach to divorce. And then, once they do, each spouse hires a collaboratively-trained lawyer to represent them.

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But there’s more. Joining the lawyers and the clients on the Collaborative Divorce team are mental health professionals, financial professionals, business and tax experts, and sometimes even advocates for the children. Whichever professionals will be most helpful in the case.

All participants in the Collaborative process sign a contract agreeing to this approach. Today, there are about 22,000 lawyers trained in Collaborative Law worldwide, with more than 50,000 cases already completed according to this method.

Even judges are on board with Collaborative Divorce, according to the American Bar Association. That’s because the process keeps courts from being cluttered with needless litigation.

Other benefits of Collaborative Divorce include…

  • A high level of privacy and confidentiality
  • More client control over the process
  • An opportunity to be creative and innovative with settlement details
  • A focus on building positive, fruitful post-divorce relationships
  • Prioritizes the children
  • A variety of productive perspectives and guidance

Learn more about Collaborative Divorce the Transitions Legal way here.