Collaborative Divorce

In a collaborative divorce, the parties and their lawyers meet, review the issues and resolve their differences without court participation. The parties and their lawyers sign a Participation Agreement that requires full disclosure of all information available to the parties. The Agreement also provides that the lawyers must withdraw from representation if the collaborative process fails and the parties go to court.

A collaborative divorce offers three other tangible benefits. First, the parties may hire only one expert for the process, rather than two. Second, their agreement may address matters that are not contained in the law. For example, the parties may agree on the payment of college expenses for the children, although they are not required to pay these expenses under Pennsylvania law. Third, the parties may create their own solutions, rather than be directed to comply by a fact-finder.