A Healthy Resolution:
Respectful, Private, & Compassionate
What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is a process that strives to preserve the emotional and financial resources of the family while achieving an agreement that considers and respects the welfare of everyone in the family. The collaborative divorce model provides divorcing parties the opportunity to problem solve in a private, confidential setting, with the help of their experts, to reach a creative settlement that meets the needs of their family.
Where Do I Start?
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Learn More About The Collaborative Process
Divorce is never easy. Choosing the right process can make all the difference. The Collaborative process strives to reach agreements that benefit everyone.
Collaborative Law Knowledge Kit
This free packet was created by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals as a tool to educate you about Collaborative Practice
Find a Collaborative Professional
Meet with one of our highly trained collaborative professionals and learn about a respectful resolution that preserves and protects your family.
Why We Are Different?
What Makes the ICD Members different from the traditional divorce litigation attorney?
Iowa Collaborative Divorce is founded on the values of creativity, empathy, ongoing learning, gratitude, and connection. All of our members meet the standards and qualifications of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Courts see divorce as a strictly legal procedure. In collaborative practice, we see divorce as a complex process that includes financial, emotional, logistical, and legal aspects.
Is The Collaborative Process for Me?
You Are In Control & Make Final Decision
- Everyone is Treated Respectfully
- Preserves Family Relationships
- Saves Money When Parties Cooperate
- Cooperative Process: Mutual Respect and Openness
Court Is In Control and Makes Final Decisions
- Someone Wins, Someone Loses
- Can Damage Family Relationships
- Can Become Expensive
- Adversarial Court: Process is Based on Adversarial System
Why Is The Collaborative Process Better?
Divorce is more than a piece of paper from the court. The collaborative process focuses on helping couples redesign what their family will look like in two homes. We look at the big picture and the day-to-day issues of coparenting from scheduling to communication and decision-making. The collaborative process prepares couples for the life they will be living after the final papers are signed.
"I am glad we had a partner to walk us through the collaborative process."
Having an open forum/discussion during a divorce is critical. Lifelong decisions are being made affecting you and your family. I am glad we had a partner to walk us through the collaborative process. ~ Jeff M.
It was important for me to keep our children’s best interest in mind.
Although it is never where you expect to find yourself and you can never fully suppress your emotions, working through collaborative attorneys helps open the lines of communication. The collaborative process helped us to focus on what really matters and chart a path for what is to follow after it is all said and done. ~ Steve W.
"My emotions and needs were part of every conversation with my lawyer."
The collaborative process allowed for a devastating situation to be handled with dignity. When children are involved, this process keeps their best interests at top priority. My emotions and needs were part of every conversation with my lawyer. She definitely helped me through this process and was there every step of the way. ~ Amy W.