Collaborative Divorce

Who Is Eligible For Collaborative Divorce and Who Is Not?~ 2 min read

Collaborative Divorce is an excellent option for many couples seeking to end their marriage amicably and efficiently. However, there may be some cases that are better than others for Collaborative Divorce than others.

Eligibility for Collaborative Divorce

  1. A Willingness to Collaborate: Collaborative Divorce works best when both parties are open to cooperation and compromise. If you and your spouse are committed to working together to reach a fair agreement, Collaborative Divorce could be a viable option for you.
  2. Safety and Fairness: Safety and fairness are paramount in Collaborative Divorce. As long as you both feel safe and have equal opportunities to voice your concerns and preferences, Collaborative Divorce is a suitable choice.
  3. Awareness of Potential Issues: It is important to be aware of any potential challenges that may arise during the process, such as domestic violence or mental health issues. However, with proper attention and support from the collaborative team, these issues can often be addressed effectively.
  4. Supportive Collaborative Team: Having a supportive team of professionals, including lawyers, coaches, and specialists, can make a significant difference in ensuring that both parties feel heard and protected throughout the process.

Who Might Not Be Eligible

  1. Severe Abuse or Coercion: In cases of severe abuse or coercion, Collaborative Divorce may not be appropriate. It is important to prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone involved, and if there are concerns about one party not being safe, alternative methods may need to be considered.
  2. Unwillingness to Collaborate: If one or both parties are unwilling to collaborate or engage in good faith negotiations, Collaborative Divorce may not be feasible. Both parties need to be committed to working together towards a mutually acceptable resolution.
  3. Lack of Awareness or Support: Without proper awareness of the collaborative process or adequate support from professionals, some couples may struggle to navigate the complexities of Collaborative Divorce effectively.


Collaborative Divorce can be a valuable option for many couples seeking to end their marriage with dignity and respect. Ultimately, the key is to find an approach to divorce that best meets the needs and circumstances of you and your spouse.

Contact Family Ally

If you have questions or need legal assistance regarding Collaborative Divorce or any other family law matter, please contact Jennifer Piper at 314-449-9800 to schedule a consultation. Family Ally is located at 130 S. Bemiston Ave., Suite 608, St. Louis, MO 63105.

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