Collaborative Divorce – What’s in it for you?

Collaborative Divorce takes a peaceful approach to the entire divorce process. This saves a whole

amount of time, financial and mental drain. Lesser drama = faster process.

Collaborative Divorce is an out-of-court settlement where each party is being represented by an

attorney trained in Collaborative Law. These attorneys are being paid to settle the divorce outside of

court. Their main goal is to achieve a settlement that includes the best interests of both parties. Should

one of the parties seek a trial, both of the attorneys must withdraw and the parties must seek new


Collaborative Divorce is different from mediation or other alternative dispute resolution relating to the

divorce process. It is a process where both parties enter into it voluntarily. The goal of collaborative

divorce is to arrive at a mutual agreement to avoid a bad outcome in court. The settlement agreed upon

will include individual or mutual goals that include their children’s best interest.

An additional benefit of a collaborative divorce is that it allows the parties to set the terms of their

agreement themselves instead of the court deciding for them. Many people opt for it because the

resolution is usually faster and less expensive than a typical court proceeding.

Nowadays, collaborative divorce is being presented as an option instead of the traditional divorce

process. This is because of the increase of docketed cases in court and with the present times, not

everybody has the time, energy and financial resources to go to court for such proceedings.

During the process, spouses will still experience some stress discussing the end of their marriage, but it

is much less stress than in traditional litigation. A collaborative divorce should help partners reach a win-

win situation but remember there is no winning in a divorce. One way or the other, you are losing a

relationship in which you invested a lot.

For couples wanting a more controlled and structured divorce, the best avenue would be collaborative

divorce. It promotes less stress, less tension, less time and less expense. Most of all, both you and your

partner call the shots on how to end something that once made the both of you happy. You will end the

process with a marriage separation agreement and an uncontested divorce.

Cherise L. Williams, is an advocate and lawyer trained for collaborative divorce. She practices family law

and is based in Maryland and DC. To explore your options feel free to reach out to us.