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Collaborative Divorce

The Collaborative Divorce process is controlled by the parties involved. It keeps the decision-making power where it belongs, with the people affected by the outcome. This is very different from a court process where ultimately the court and state created formulas decide what the divorce settlement and co-parenting arrangement will be.

In the Collaborative Divorce model, the couple jointly sets the agenda for their divorce, and they determine the settlement that is best for their family. The parties retain full decision making authority and control.


In Collaborative Divorce, couples who have decided to end their marriage work with a team of professionals to avoid the arbitrary and uncertain outcomes of court litigation and to achieve a divorce settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children. Collaborative Divorce focuses on settlement, and addresses communication dynamics. It offers a more healthy and effective forum for the resolution of the couple's divorce issues.

The goal of Collaborative Divorce is to help the couple define and implement the settlement that best meets the needs of their family, and learn new skills for more effective communication, conflict resolution and post-divorce co-parenting. In order to accomplish these goals, three independent professional disciplines are available to work together as a team to integrate the legal, emotional, and financial aspects of divorce.

The Collaborative Team helps the parties achieve a divorce settlement that minimizes the negative economic, social, and emotional consequences that often undermine families in the traditional adversarial divorce process. By maintaining a primary focus on the needs of children and the welfare of the family overall, the Collaborative approach helps parents provide their children with the emotional support and healthy co-parenting they need.

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“Having practiced family law for over 25 years here in San Diego, which included extensive litigation, converting my practice to primarily collaborative family law matters has been a welcome change and one which has shown to have very positive results for its participants. I find the Collaborative process to be the most civilized manner in which to pursue a divorce and one in which the parties have a fighting chance to learn to respectfully communicate with one another, even after the divorce is final. After experiencing the damaging affects litigation can have on a family, I have personally seen the overall positive results and benefits the Collaborative practice can offer a family. I would not choose to practice family law any other way…”

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