No Court Divorce

Also called non-court divorce, or divorce without court, no court divorce refers to the Collaborative approach to divorce. See also Collaborative Divorce; Collaborative Practice; Collaborative Process. Rather than turning the decision-making power over to a judge, control of the outcome is kept with the people directly involved in the dispute. All of the parties consent in writing to be part of a respectful process that leads to an out-of-court resolution. The clients retain the power to create a resolution that fits their particular needs and priorities. The focus is on constructive problem-solving rather than adversarial bargaining and court-imposed solutions. Benefits of no court divorce (Collaborative Divorce):

  • Encourages mutual respect
  • Emphasizes the needs of children
  • Avoids going to court
  • Keeps control of the process with the individuals
  • Provides for open communication
  • Uses a problem-solving approach
  • Identifies and addresses interests and concerns of all
  • Allows divorce with dignity
  • Prepares individuals for new lives