Collaborative divorce is a “new” way for divorcing couples – especially those with children – to re-structure their families without court intervention [envisioned by Stu Webb around 1990].
In a Collaborative divorce process, the participants agree to resolve their disputes in a respectful manner, rather than hiring adversarial lawyers or letting a judge decide important questions about their family. Each spouse works with a lawyer who has special training in techniques to help the couple design the best possible result for the family. Rather than warriors or hired guns, collaborative attorneys are more like legally-trained diplomats. They model for their clients a commitment to honesty, dignified behavior and mutual respect (which can be especially hard for divorcing couples to do on their own at this point in their relationship).