Adv. Priya Lohakare
Collaborative divorce is a form of alternative dispute resolution, which is in some ways similar to mediation. Each party hires a lawyer. The role of a collaborative lawyer is to attempt to reach a marital settlement agreement. There may be a third lawyer who acts as a facilitator (similar to a mediator). Any lawyer who serves as a collaborative lawyer for a party is prohibited from representing that party in court if an agreement is not reached. A few states have passed a collaborative law statute, and a few states are allowing the collaborative procedure informally. This process may save money if an agreement is reached. If an agreement is not reached, it may increase the cost of a divorce (as will mediation or arbitration).