Negotiate your own settlement with the support of a team

Collaborative divorce is an innovative team approach in which the terms of divorce are cooperatively negotiated during four-way, face-to-face meetings between spouses and specially trained collaborative family lawyers. Other professionals, such as divorce coaches and child or financial specialists, may be included in the process.

What to Expect from a Collaborative Divorce

  • You and your spouse are represented by your own collaborative family lawyers during collaborative team meetings
  • Participate in creating your own settlement vs. having one imposed by the court
  • Confidence of being represented by a lawyer rather than negotiating for yourself
  • More control than traditional divorce
  • Usually less costly and time consuming than traditional divorce
  • May be more costly and time-consuming than mediation

Topics in Collaborative Divorce

  • Parenting plans to help children of divorce
  • Child support
  • Division of property
  • Spousal support
  • Changes in parenting or residence after divorce
  • Financial support for post-secondary education 

My role as Collaborative Family Lawyer

As a collaborative family lawyer, I represent only one spouse in the divorce negotiation process. With a clear understanding of your goals and concerns, I negotiate on your behalf during informal collaborative team meetings with your spouse and her/his lawyer. Throughout the process, I will advise you of the law and potential outcomes if you were to resolve your divorce in court. Other professionals, such as divorce coaches, child experts, or financial specialists, may be brought into the process as needed and as agreed upon by both spouses.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” - Maya Angelou