Collaborative divorce is team-oriented approach to privately resolving family law issues without resorting to costly litigation and court intervention. The collaborative process focuses on the goals of the parties and seeks solutions, in a cooperative fashion, to meet the needs of the parties and their families. The goal is for the parties to reach an agreement on all issues which reflects their unique objectives and values, without resorting to court. The collaborative process is designed to be safe, private, and non-judgmental. It is designed to avoid damaging litigation tactics, which lead away from constructive negotiation and problem-solving, and often lead to unnecessary emotional costs and legal fees.