Nobody wants to go through a divorce. Collaborative Divorce offers a forward-looking, honest approach that provides privacy to you, your spouse, and family with a team of professionals to get you through the process of dissolving your marriage.

1. Honesty

If we’re being honest, divorce is scary. It’s overwhelming. It’s devastating. It’s even scarier, more overwhelming, and potentially more devastating when either you or spouse (or both) is (are) dealing with addiction. When someone is an addict, it can be difficult for them to be honest with themselves and others, including (or especially) their divorcing spouse. Collaborative Divorce offers a safe space where you and your spouse can work toward resolution of your divorce in a place of honesty. Collaborative Divorce is forward-looking and offers the opportunity to dissolve your marriage in a place free from blame.

2. Privacy

Collaborative Divorce offers you and your spouse privacy during your divorce. In a Collaborative Divorce, neither you nor your spouse will be called to testify in court. So, neither one of you will have to air your dirty laundry in a public venue. You both agree at the outset of the divorce that you do not want to go to court and that you will not go to court. You and your spouse will both be represented by your own individual attorney throughout the process. You will have private meetings with your own lawyer like you would in a traditional divorce, but without the risk of court intervention. In a Collaborative Divorce, neither you nor your spouse will be required to give deposition testimony or answer formal discovery that would likely seek to find all the “skeletons in your closets.”

3. Mental Health Professional

Collaborative Divorce is a good option when a couple is divorcing and addiction is an issue. It’s a good option because in addition to the spirit of honesty and privacy, in a Collaborative Divorce, the process is led by an experienced neutral mental health professional. The purpose of the mental health professional is to guide the Collaborative Divorce to conclusion. You and your spouse may meet with the mental health professional individually or together, depending on your specific circumstances. It is important to know that the neutral mental health professional is not a treating professional for you or your spouse. If you or your spouse want to engage a marriage counselor outside of the Collaborative process, you are free to do so.

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