Collaborative Divorce is founded upon a written agreement of both spouses and all of the professionals that they will resolve the case without involving the Court. Unlike many “settlement-oriented” mediations and other processes, the Collaborative process is entirely client centered.
Each spouse is provided the support and guidance of their own lawyers without going to Court and those lawyers are trained in both Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
The interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce model offers the important additional benefit of trained mental health professionals and financial specialists.
The essential elements of the process are:
- To negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution without having Courts decide issues
- To maintain open communication and information sharing
- To create shared solutions acknowledging the highest priorities of all.
Choosing a Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
There are several sites where Collaborative Divorce Lawyers are listed.
- The International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) has a website CollaborativePractice.com which lists Collaborative practitioners in multiple geographic areas including Fairfield County, Connecticut.
- The Connecticut Council For Non Adversarial Divorce (CCND) is also a good resource for locating a Collaborative Professional. That website is: Gooddivorcect.com.