Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce court. The typical divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating for everyone involved.
A better way to handle a split may be through collaborative law. This legal process allows both parties to retain separate, specially trained lawyers whose jobs are to help them settle their dispute without court involvement. The process can be used for divorce as well as other legal disputes.
This system is unique in that while both parties are using lawyers, the resolution does not take place in court. The central premise of collaborative law is that neither side may go to court or even threaten to do so. If such an action or threat takes place, the process is terminated and both lawyers are disqualified from any further involvement in the case.
Without litigation as an option, the parties and their attorneys have a strong incentive to work toward compromise.