Collaborative Law involves attorneys, mental health professionals, and or financial specialists specifically trained in the Collaborative process to work as a team to help divorcing parties develop their own settlement options. This is especially useful when there are children and the development of a parenting plan is necessary. One important advantage of this approach is an emphasis on making the divorce process more constructive and less negative so that the divorcing parties are better able to carry on a co-parenting relationship after the divorce is final. The attorneys agree in writing with their clients that they will not participate in litigation, and if the parties chose to leave the Collaborative process in order to pursue litigation, both attorneys are disqualified from further representation and refer the divorcing couple to other attorneys who will represent them in litigation. This model is in general confidential though some information that would be useful or otherwise discoverable can be used in court proceedings, such as financial affidavits.