The collaborative process allows couples to focus on the goals and interests they have for themselves and their children and to work together on the best way to achieve those goals. Both parties must agree to use the collaborative process and retain a collaboratively trained attorney. The couple and their collaborative attorneys meet regularly to work through the divorce related issues. There is a commitment not to use the court system. Pennsylvania joined many other states by adopting the Collaborative Law Act in 2018. Parties appreciate the privacy of the process and the ability to control the timing of meetings.