Collaborative divorce is a new method for conflict resolution in the area of dissolution of marriage. In this method, lawyers support the belief that family is forever; therefore, family disputes are best resolved outside of a courtroom using collaborative strategies rather than adversarial methods like litigation.
Non-adversarial dispute resolution is the goal of this divorce process. Using this structure, the process requires a commitment to honesty, dignified behavior, and mutual respect. The attorney also uses disagreement between the parties as a way to find creative solutions in order to reach collaborative settlement. Imagine a divorce in which collaboration replaces competition, where financial disclosure is mandatory, and mediation becomes the rule rather than the exception.