Philosophy: Respect

It is simply a fact that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But the emotional devastation that often accompanies a divorce doesn't have to be a fact as well.

Collaborative Practice is the alternative to "divorce as usual". It is designed to minimize the hurt, the conflict, the anger and alienation that often occur with divorce.

The Collaborative philosophy is built on a belief in human dignity and respect. Every part of a collaborative divorce-from open communications to interest-based negotiation to out-of-court settlement-is built upon respect. When respect is given and received, conflict is minimized, making discussions more productive and an agreement more likely.

The end of a marriage is painful enough. The process itself shouldn't add to the pain.