Are you hoping that your family law matter can be resolved amicably, fairly and respectfully? Is it important to you that you and your spouse be able to work together after divorce on important issues impacting both of you and your children? If so, you may wish to use settlement methods where clients actively participate in the negotiation and decision-making. You may wish to consider mediation or Collaborative Law. These processes are designed to reduce conflict and stress in family law matters. For a successful outcome, you will need lawyers who are highly trained in alternative dispute resolution techniques.
Collaborative Law was developed to minimize the trauma that often accompanies divorce. It is a negotiation process that requires full transparency of all financial information and all relevant issues, while eliminating the need for costly formal discovery. The parties and their attorneys commit to working together to resolve divorce related issues in a constructive manner for the benefit of the entire family. Each client has the support of a lawyer who ensures the client understands the issues and settlement options. Mental health professionals or “coaches” and neutral financial experts may also be engaged to help work through difficult issues.
Mediation is a process where a retired judge or experienced attorney meets with the parties and their counsel to help guide them toward a mutually acceptable settlement. The process is informal and allows both attorneys and clients to participate.
Representing clients in the Collaborative Process or Mediation requires a separate skill set beyond the typical litigation tool kit. Our specialized Collaborative and Mediation attorneys are trained problem solvers who are experienced in managing difficult family dynamics and the emotions that accompany people in crisis.
Learn how Collaborative Law or Mediation can ease the stress of a divorce or child custody disputes by contacting the law office of Stiles Ewing Powers PC.