The goal of Collaborative Divorce Practice in Illinois is to assist people choosing to end their marriage without destroying their family in the process. Collaborative divorce is a dispute resolution process where spouses and their attorneys work together cooperatively to negotiate equitable settlements without going to court. The focus is on constructive problem solving based upon the divorcing couples’ individual and shared values rather than on adversarial bargaining and court imposed solutions. Collaborative Law, Collaborative Practice, and Collaborative Divorce are terms used interchangeably.
We have found that in this day and age of Covid-19, that a process that focuses on out-of-court settlement allows people a process to work out the terms of settlement with lawyers specifically trained in negotiating divorce settlements. In fact, the process can be done virtually through a series of Zoom conferences that has been shown to work well in helping people move forward with their divorces in these difficult times!
Other advantages to collaborative divorce include that it is generally less expensive and less time consuming that the traditional divorce process. In 2018, Illinois adopted the Collaborative Process Act. We can anticipate that now that there is specific law authorizing collaborative divorce in Illinois that many more divorcing couples will chose the collaborative divorce process.