Collaborative Divorce

What is collaborative divorce?

Collaborative divorce takes your divorce out of the court system.
In a collaborative divorce, both spouses hire legal representation, yet they agree to resolve their differences without court intervention. At the beginning of the process, parties and their attorneys sign a Participation Agreement which details how the collaborative process will proceed. Parties agree to voluntarily provide information to one another and work cooperatively to resolve all matters. If either party later decides they want to bring the matter to court, the collaborative attorneys must withdraw from the case and the parties must begin the process again with different attorneys.

Collaborative professionals look at the big picture of family needs.
Rather than battling through differences and taking rigid legal positions, the collaborative process allows clients to explore creative solutions that best meet the needs of their family. Neither attorneys nor judges know the best solutions for you and your family. Collaborative professionals give you the information, guidance and support you need to create your own best future. A cornerstone of the process is the use of neutral financial experts who work directly with clients to resolve financial and parenting issues in a cooperative and non-adversarial way.

Collaborative attorneys provide strong advocacy for their clients.
A strong legal advocate is mindful of all your interests, including keeping costs down, minimizing acrimony, and helping you make choices that will serve you best in the long term. Collaborative attorneys will provide you with all the knowledge and advice you need to understand the law, evaluate your options and make good choices.


How collaborative divorce works.

Each party selects an attorney specially trained in the collaborative process. Once attorneys are retained, the parties and their attorneys meet for their first four-way meeting where they review and sign the Participation Agreement, discuss relevant issues in the divorce, and identify what neutral experts might be helpful to the clients.

From there, the parties gather and exchange relevant information, and begin to work with any neutral experts they wish to use. Parties and their attorneys meet periodically to check-in on the progress of the case until all matters are resolved. At the end of the process, one of the attorneys writes up the final agreement and it is submitted to the court for approval.

Kristi has completed extensive training in the collabroative process and is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Collaborative Divorce

“Collaborative divorce is a wonderful option and Kristi truly believes in it. It is her experience as a litigator, however, that really gave me confidence in her capabilities and support, even within a non-adversarial process.”
—Mark S.
Collaborative Divorce