Collaborative Practice

The collaborative process is a major shift in the approach to divorce. Collaborative practice is based on the concept that a couple can work together from the very beginning of the case in a non-adversarial way to end their marriage.

Attorneys at The Center for Family Law have not only received extensive training in the collaborative process, but also are founding members of the St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association. The Center's attorneys are recognized leaders in collaborative practice in St. Louis.


The goals of collaborative divorce include emphasizing the needs of children, allowing the spouses more control over the process, and maintaining a respectful relationship for the future. The process is designed to consider the interests of each party and their children, to avoid the emotional stress and anxiety associated with litigation, and to ensure that issues such as custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and division of property are resolved fairly.