To put it briefly, the Cooperative approach is represented settlement negotiation. This means that you have your own legal representation (and receive the legal advice, counsel and advocacy of your own lawyer), and you are willing to cooperate in trying to reach an agreement with the other party “out of court”. The other party may or may not be represented by an attorney.

The goal of the Cooperative Divorce attorney is to work toward reaching a settlement of the issues in the case without going to court. In this process the attorney would send out proposals, hold meetings or use other negotiation strategies to reach settlement on behalf of one client. But unlike the Collaborative Divorce model, if the case doesn’t settle, the same attorneys may litigate on behalf of their clients.