Collaborative Family Law
Our office understands that in some cases, it might not be in the best interests of both parties to seek relief through litigation, and having the courts become involved. Although, many may need court protection immediately, if both parties are willing, there are alternatives to court hearings and we are able to assist you in such matters.
Alternative Dispute Resolution allows both parties to be directly in control of their settlement. If both parties are amicable and willing to compromise, this can prove to be a very fast and beneficial resolution process. Since no outsider is involved in dividing property or setting restrictions, both parties are able to make an agreement on their own terms. This process saves a lot of time, but can be truly beneficial if each party compromises willingly. Even when a mediator is involved, it is still highly recommended to have an attorney to ensure that the process is fair, and an equal distribution of rights is obtained.
In cases where parties prefer to use solely professionals rather than court intervention, there is the Collaborative Law Process. Using this process, both parties agree in writing to settle disputes without the court, and with the assistance of professionals. This process prevents contested matters from being filed with the court if the case is designated as Collaborative Law. When both parties come to an agreement, it must be written. Furthermore, some courts require that the attorneys of both parties become attorneys of record until the written agreement is finalized (Fam.C.§2013).