The two hallmarks of the Collaborative Process are "Innovative Team Approach" and "No Court".
The Collaborative process replaces the tradition adversarial approach. Instead of lines in the sand backed by threats, the Collaborative approach brings the dissolution of the marriage to a close respectfully. Collaborative practice meets the needs of both spouses, the children, and builds skills to maintain a relationship that survives the marriage. The Collaborative approach still involves legal counsel, but it eliminates the threat of or fear of court intervention.
The Collaborative approach uses a team approach based on the needs of the each person involved and encourages creative problem solving. The team may include a neutral financial specialist, a family relationship specialist (Divorce Coach), and child specialists, as needed. The goal of the experts and the attorneys is to educate the parties and explore settlement options to meet the needs of the parties and their children, and to dissolve the marriage.