You and your partner each instruct your own trained collaborative lawyer.
All negotiations are done in face-to-face meetings (called "4-ways") with you, your partner and the two lawyers working together to resolve the issues.
You agree not to go to court apart from dealing with uncontested divorce proceedings and getting court approval for the financial agreement that you reach.
Your collaborative lawyers are there to provide support, guidance and legal advice both in and outside the 4-ways. Although the lawyers are committed to helping both you and partner reach a settlement, your lawyer still has a professional duty to advise you personally.
Other experts such as counsellors, family consultants, accountants and financial professionals can be brought in to assist if everyone agrees that this is needed or would be helpful.
You and your partner disclose all relevant financial and other information openly and honestly through the collaborative process.
You and your partner with the help of the lawyers set the agenda and the timetable – you talk about what matters to you and at your own pace.
If you have children their interests will be at the heart of the process.
If you cannot reach agreement and have to ask the court to intervene each of you will have to instruct a different lawyer.