About Collaborative Law

Collaborative Practice is an alternative to the traditional practice of adversarial divorce, family law litigation, and resolution of other domestic and civil disagreements through the legal process. Members of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire (“CLANH”) — including lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals — are trained to assist persons involved in such disputes to reach agreements which meet the needs of the parties without going to court.

For a Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire Brochure, click here.

Here’s How It Works

  • Each party is represented by his/her own attorney trained in the collaborative practice methodology.
  • view our collaborative participation agreementThe parties and their attorneys sign an agreement in which they agree to try to resolve all issues outside of the court system.
  • In a series of meetings with all present, attempts are made to reach a negotiated agreement on all issues (financial, co-parenting, etc.).
  • Child specialists, collaborative coaches, and financial professionals are available to assist.
  • If this method fails, both parties still have the ability to go the traditional route of adversarial divorce and court litigation with new attorneys.


The breakdown of a relationship is always difficult.  In a divorce, the dissolution of a civil union, or the breakup of domestic partnership, you each find yourself in a circumstance in which your best friend has become an adversary, and there is great potential for divisiveness and conflict.   In the workplace, in the neighborhood, in business transactions, and in many other areas where disputes arise, it is better to reach a resolution with respect than with rancor.  In all of these areas, there are many benefits to the collaborative approach:

  • Avoid the expensive and lengthy court and litigation process.
  • Retain a relationship of mutual respect while moving apart with dignity.
  • Reach a settlement that both parties are comfortable with.
The entire legal profession: Lawyers, judges, and law professors, has become so mesmerized with the stimulation of the courtroom contest, that we tend to forget that we ought to be healers of conflict. For many claims, trial by adversarial contest must in time go the way of the ancient trial by battle and blood . . . . Our system has become too costly, too painful, too destructive, too inefficient for truly civilized people.
Chief Justice Warren Burger, 1984

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The content in our website is not intended to be professional legal or mental health advice, nor is it intended to create a professional relationship.  Our Blog Posts are generously contributed by our members and may or may not reflect the views of the CLANH.  Each case is unique and for specific advice about your situation, please reach out to one of our members.  For our Member Directory click here.