Collaborative law is an alternative method of dispute resolution, which must be established before any referral to a court.
In reality it is a structured process which will be implemented by the parties in certain stages; it relies on the consent and confidentiality of the parties.
The principle of the collaborative process is a contractual process undertaken by the parties and the lawyers who are part of the collaborative process, materialised in the form of a participation contract in the collaborative process; the parties are assisted by their lawyers, lawyers who must be trained in the collaborative process to be able to implement it. The parties can agree between each other on the possibility of appointing an expert to give guidance to them on a specific point of their disagreement.
The purpose of this collaborative process is to seek a negotiated outcome, based on listening and taking into consideration the interests of each party, ensuring that at the conclusion of the process, each party will have re-established dialogue and restored links with the other, thus enabling the relationship to continue.