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What is a Collaborative Fellow?


A Collaborative Fellow is among highly trained lawyers, financial planners, mental health practitioners, coaches, and child specialists that have met the rigorous requirements to become a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII). This credential requires high ethical standards, ongoing training and a written commitment not to go to court, making your children the priority, exchanging information honestly and helping you and your spouse reach an out-of-court settlement with privacy and respect.

CLII Fellows are not only well-qualified in dispute resolution methods, but also adhere to a set of core principles to foster peaceful, respectful resolution of emotionally-charged conflicts.

Divorcing couples who go through the collaborative process report an increased ability to communicate more effectively and interact better with each other long after the divorce is final.  

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What's so special about Collaborative Divorce?

The collaborative process does not rely on a court-imposed resolution, but rather on an atmosphere of honesty, cooperation, integrity and professionalism geared toward the future well-being of the entire family.

“Collaborative Law” reflects the belief of all participants that it is in the best interests of the parties and their families in typical family law matters to voluntarily commit themselves to avoiding adversarial proceedings.  The primary goals are to maximize settlement options for the benefit of all participants during the marriage dissolution process, to increase the abilities of the parties to communicate in a post-divorce relationship, and to minimize, if not eliminate, the negative economic, social and emotional consequences of adversarial court proceedings to the parties and their families.