Collaborative Divorce is a humane, team-oriented approach to the legal process of ending a marriage.
This dignified approach to divorce involves lawyers and other professionals, including therapists, divorce coaches, and financial planners, who come together as a team to guide a respectful and fluid process that avoids the need for court battles.
Collaborative Divorce looks friendly and respectful – because it is!
Couples may choose to engage in Collaborative Family Law by signing a contract that affirms their mutual desire to end their marriage in this way. Their lawyers sign this agreement along with the other professionals involved in the process.
An underlying principle of such an agreement is the knowledge that, should the Collaborative Process break down and prove ineffective, the professionals cannot be involved in the couple’s court-based divorce.
Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, founder of Transitions Legal, is certified in the Collaborative Process, which originated in the Midwest in the mid-20th century.
In 2009, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act was adopted by the U.S. Uniform Law Commission. Collaborative Law is not yet an accepted practice in every state, but it is in Michigan. Michigan enacted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act for family matters December 8, 2014.