In collaborative divorces, each party hires a collaborative divorce attorney to represent them. Both parties and their attorneys are required to sign a “participation agreement”, which is a contract that states their commitment to resolving their disputes cooperatively instead of combatively. The benefit is that both couples take part in important decisions instead of just accepting traditional court rulings.
However, collaborative divorces aren’t always successful, as each attorney fights for one side only. Unfortunately, if the couple could not reach a mutually acceptable agreement, both their divorce attorneys would be disqualified from representing them. Both parties would still end up going through traditional family law court proceedings but with new attorneys representing them.
A similar but better alternative is divorce mediation. With mediation, a third party acts as a negotiator between the couples, providing options that benefit both parties and address any areas of disagreement. Unlike a collaborative divorce attorney, a divorce mediation lawyer does not represent either side and is completely unbiased. For more info, check out this link.