Collaborative divorce is an alternative to traditional divorce in which you engage in an adversarial battle and every document in your case is filed in the public record, accessible for everyone you know and will ever know to access. Your entire life will be scrutinized by a litigator looking to paint you in the worst possible light. You’ll be subjected to depositions, hearings, and forced to answer endless interrogatories about your personal and financial life.
On the other hand, you could opt for a collaborative divorce. It is a non-adversarial process where each spouse retains a collaboratively trained attorney, who work with the parties to reach an out-of-court agreement without once going to court or filing anything personal in the public record. Each client and the attorney’s adhere to a strict code of non-adversarial and respectful conduct as they work towards a final settlement. The attorneys help the clients reach a peaceful resolution. No time, energy, or money is spent on opposition research, motion practice, or demonizing either spouse. I’ve done many successful collaborative divorces and have saved many clients the emotional and financial cost of litigation, and without exception, have settled cases far faster than would have been possible in litigation.