Under the collaborative approach, parties meet in a series of face-to-face meetings, attended by both parties and their specifically trained collaborative lawyers. Rather than “divorce as usual”, the parties keep control over the process, the time, the cost and the terms of their divorce.
After over 30 years of handling litigated and contested divorces, I truly believe that collaborative divorce is a method whose time has come. My clients have frequently expressed their fear of losing their freedom of choice and handing their life over to the judicial system. They worry about the toll it will take on their children and themselves, both emotionally and financially.
Joanne S. Nadell, Esquire is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a founding member of Collaborative Divorce Professionals.