Collaborative Law


Collaborative Law is for couples who want the option of a tailored team approach to meet their divorce and disentanglement needs. Collaborative law is for people who reject the “take-no-prisoners” approach to divorce and who might benefit from having needs met by the appropriate collaboratively trained professional. Collaborative law is for people who choose the potential efficiency of having lawyers handle legal matters, mental health professionals handle parenting and child-related matters, and financial professionals handle money matters.


Collaborative law is the process which invites counsel and parties to sit down together, enter into a unique and specific agreement to undertake the collaborative process, and meet the needs of the family as a unit, rather than the needs of one individual against the other with the children in the middle. It can be tailored to any given set of circumstances and is only effective when all professionals are trained in the collaborative process.


The most important elements needed for a collaborative divorce are information about the process and the selection of an attorney, mental health or financial professional trained in collaborative law.

  • Susan is trained in the team approach of collaborative law and is practiced in the collaborative model of divorce law.
  • Susan can help put a team together at the beginning of the collaborative process and/or as the process goes forward, tailoring it to the needs of the parties.
  • Susan knows that people want alternatives to traditional litigation and, as in mediation, education is the best first step. We should talk.