What is the philosophy of the Collaborative Process?

The Collaborative Process is based on the principles of dignity, respect, openness and fairness. It is designed to minimize the hurt, anger and alienation that occur too frequently with divorce. Every part of the Collaborative Process — from open communications, to solution-based negotiation, to an out-of-court settlement — is intended to foster respect. When respect is given and received, self-esteem is likely to be preserved, making discussions more productive and an agreement more easily reached.

The end of a marriage or a relationship is difficult enough. The Collaborative Process believes that the divorce process doesn’t have to amplify the pain, but can provide an opportunity for the family to restructure in as healthy a way as possible.