Collaborative divorce is a relatively new, non-confrontational method of alternative dispute resolution in family law which is not necessarily for everyone. It is the attorney’s job in the collaborative setting to assist the clients to resolve conflicts by employing cooperative techniques, not adversarial strategies and litigation. The goal is to achieve a negotiated resolution, and the parties agree, in the collaborative process, not to commence formal litigation during the negotiation process. The lawyers commit to manage the conflict, emotional issues and relationship issues creatively and constructively. Neutral “specialists" are often involved to assist the clients with financial or custodial issues. At Hedgepeth Heredia, we have certified and trained Collaborative Law attorneys who have handled many collaborative cases effectively.