Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without going to court. The fundamental components of the collaborative law process are:
1. The parties sign a participation agreement;
2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is needed to reach an agreement;
3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations;
4. Each party must be represented by a collaboratively trained lawyer;
5. The parties may engage other collaboratively trained professionals such as divorce coaches, child specialists, or financial professionals; and
6. The parties, lawyers, and any other professionals who are also part of the team, meet in person to negotiate by identifying the interests and needs of the parties, consider and evaluate the options, and work out a plan to implement the solutions mutually agreed to.