Collaborative divorce is a legislatively authorized alternative to traditional litigation. The process occurs out of court without the intervention of the court or judge for a period of up to two years. Therefore it is private. The parties exchange information by agreement, eliminating costly disagreements and expensive discovery of evidence in a form admissible in court. Parties negotiate not from legal positions but rather from personal interests, thereby creating far more options, solutions and cooperative opportunities. Finally, in the event either party wishes to opt out of the process, both lawyers must withdraw from the case and new counsel hired by the parties to proceed. This incentivizes everyone concerned to finish the collaborative process. Collaborative divorce can be used in any of the areas of my practice, including almost all aspects of family law, guardianship, and probate.