Collaborative Divorce law is a non-binding process of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Both Mr. Schutz is a collaborative law lawyer and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
The process begins with the spouses and their professionals (lawyers, accountants, mental health professionals and others) signing a Participation Agreement. The Participation Agreement binds each person to the process of working together to reach an amicable resolution without litigation. Any professionals hired by the spouses are compelled to withdraw from representation of the spouses should the process fail and litigation ensue; thus, the professionals have a vested interest in the success of the process.