Family Dispute Resolution - Collaborative Family Law Serves the Best Interests of all Parties
No one knows the family and its needs and strengths better than the people involved in family disputes and divorce. Further, by nature, the family relationships will be ongoing long after the divorce is finalized, and the healthier they can be, the better for all involved. For these and other reasons, family law is especially well suited to benefit from the collaborative process and/or mediation. Both mediation and the collaborative divorce process encourage the parties to work together from the outset to resolve family issues. The parties are able to fashion solutions that serve the best interests of themselves and, in many cases, the children involved.
Further, the parties are provided with a safe, protected, confidential and controlled environment within which to work toward good solutions and reach a settlement. Often these solutions are more creative and better meet the needs of the parties than anything the Court is able to dictate given the limited time the parties spend before a Judge and the limited resources of the Court. The adversarial process by its nature inflames the emotional controversy and distracts the parties from their efforts to continue on with their lives. Our attorneys and mediators can help clients negotiate a collaborative divorce, by keeping the parties focused on resolving the issues in the most productive fashion for the family while still having an advocate to help navigate the difficult process of divorce or other family disputes.
Our focus on dispute resolution in family law matters includes the following areas:
- Child Custody and Support
- Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
- Financial Disputes and Planning
- Parenting Plan
- Modification and Post Divorce Issues
- Paternity and Adoption
- Contempt issues
One other essential feature that collaborative law offers to parties is in a divorce is the positive, productive and creative utilization of experts - psychologists and other mental health professionals and financial advisors. Collaborative experts are neutral and serve as essential parts of the collaborative negotiation process itself as well as being vital resources, advising the parties and their attorneys on the best options to choose, given the specific situational circumstances of each party in the divorce, and particularly for the well-being of the children.