In this video, our Des Moines divorce attorneys explain the differences between collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce in Iowa. When divorcing parties decide on a collaborative divorce, they each hire their own attorney and meet one-on-one to discuss any disputes and what they hope to accomplish. A signed Participation Agreement is required by both parties and their attorneys. This commits them to the collaborative divorce process where they will attempt to avoid litigation by resolving their issues through cooperation and transparency. The agreement also states that should an agreement not come to terms, both parties must hire new attorneys to represent them in court.