Are there any additional requirements or steps in a Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is unique in that you, your spouse and both of your collaborative lawyers must sign a contract agreeing that you will not go to court. If at a later point in time one of the parties decides that they do want to go to court then the lawyers will remain bound by that agreement and will not be able to continue to act for their clients.
This requirement adds an extra layer of incentive for the lawyers involved to work towards settlement rather than escalating conflict because they know that they will not be able to continue working if things move to the courts. Rather than depending on judges and the courts, Collaborative practice requires amicable meetings and discussions to settle all the issues.