Collaborative Divorce Resources for Consumers

When you are facing divorce, you have a thousand questions. Maybe you have heard about Collaborative Divorce, but you want to find out more about it before you commit to using the Collaborative Process. Maybe you know that you want a Collaborative Divorce, but you’re not sure that your spouse will agree.

The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois is committed to bringing you the Collaborative Divorce Resources and information you need. Listed below are some of the FREE Collaborative Divorce Resources we provide. These will help you to understand Collaborative Divorce, and make your divorce as smooth as possible.

Collaborative Brochure

Computers are great, but sometimes you need something in print. Plus, if you want to know for sure that your spouse has gotten information about Collaborative Divorce, it helps to be able to just hand him/her a brochure.

CLII has an informative brochure about Collaborative divorce that you can print out and give to your spouse, or your lawyer. Just click here and you can download and print out this brochure.

Wondering How to Find a Collaborative Divorce Professional?

Finding the right divorce professionals can make a huge difference in your divorce. Unfortunately, with Collaborative Divorce growing in popularity, a lot of divorce professionals will say they are “collaborative,” even though they have never been trained in Collaborative Divorce!

Getting a Collaborative Divorce doesn’t just mean that you and your spouse are going to try to divorce amicably, without fighting. The Collaborative Divorce Process is a specific WAY to get divorced. Finding a professional who has been trained in the Collaborative Divorce Process, and is experienced in using it, is what will really get you a Collaborative Divorce.

Every member of CLII has been specially trained in using the Collaborative Divorce Process.  To find a CLII professional for your divorce, CLICK HERE.

Here is a list of questions you can ask when you are interviewing a prospective divorce professional:

Suggested Questions to Ask Your Divorce Professional

When you are considering retaining a Collaborative Professional you need to make sure your hire someone who is properly qualified. If a professional tells you that  they are “collaborative,” here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • Are you a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois?
  • Are you a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals?
  • What other kinds of cases do you have besides those that are Collaborative?
  • Do you use a Participation Agreement for Collaborative cases?
  • Do you subscribe to the team approach?
  • Which other professionals besides lawyers do you involve in the divorce process and at what point?
  • How are the other Collaborative professionals for a given team selected?
  • How many Collaborative cases have you had (that is, cases where the Participation Agreement was signed by everyone?)
  • Can you tell me how many Collaborative cases have you resolved successfully?
  • If some were not resolved successfully, what were the reasons?
  • What kinds of ongoing continuing education programs/training about Collaborative Divorce have you attended?
  • If a case needs to drop out of the Collaboration mode and become a litigated case, how do you handle that?

By asking these questions, you can ensure that you have the professionals you need working to help everyone involved get through this difficult transition more easily.

Trained collaborative professionals form a great team. Our approach provides so many more options to support divorcing families.

—Collaborative Attorney