In collaborative law, each party retains a lawyer specially trained in the Collaborative Process. The lawyers facilitate a resolution process.
The parties reach an agreement without having the Court impose one on them. That agreement is then generally drafted into a Contract or Settlement Agreement. Collaborative Divorce is becoming an effective method of resolving a variety of Divorce and Matrimonial Issues, including parenting and division of assets.
The informal, non-adversarial process is especially effective if parents want to maintain a functional relationship with each other for the sake of their children.
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