Collaborative law is a process of assisted negotiation in which parties have their attorneys actively try to help them settle their differences. There is no neutral third party. Instead attorneys, sitting at the table with you, are responsible for helping you clarify factual and legal issues and actively negotiating a settlement. Parties and attorneys must sign a collaborative law process agreement that says if you can't resolve your case and decide to go to court, your attorney can't help you in the court case. Many collaborative lawyers have specialized training in collaborative law.
Many people choose this process when they want to keep a dispute out of court but also want the active participation of their attorneys.