What happens in the collaborative law process?

Collaborative Law Divorces in Massachusetts

The two parties and two attorneys will come forward with an agreement they cannot litigate the case; they want to arrive at an amicable agreement. The parties have to sign a contact, stating that they will not go to litigation. If the Collaborative Law Process breaks down, the parties have to obtain new lawyers, which can discourage the process.

The term “collaborative” means exactly what it says. Investigators, bankers, attorneys, mental health professionals, and other parties have to collaborate to resolve all issues. A tax analysis may have to be done to come up with an allocation to determine what should be alimony, and what should be child support.

A collaborative divorce is generally more expensive than a regular divorce because you have two lawyers meeting together a lot, there is no judge to determine any rulings, and you are hiring professionals to come in and collaborate.