By Jennifer M. Paine
While researching your divorce options, chances are you will come across the collaborative divorce model.
As a model, it is relatively new, dating from the mid-1990s from the Midwest, when a group of family court attorneys and experts committed to collaborating with each other for a divorcing family, rather than against each other.
Pockets of collaborative lawyers popped up across the county touting a new option for families that were facing the throes of divorce court and the prospect of paying a lot of money on lawyers and trials while their homes fell into foreclosure and the economy crumbled.
The theory was at least in a collaborative divorce these families would spend less, avoid court, and divorce in a more amicable and less costly manner.
As a concept, however, divorce collaboration is nothing new.