With over 40 years experience as a successful attorney, I am confident that I can assist you with all your legal matters in my areas of practice, particularly in the delicate areas of separation and divorce and the relatively new areas of Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is the process in which a trained neutral person, called a mediator, facilitates the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. Mediation is non-adversarial with the objective of helping the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
Mediation is most commonly used when a couple has decided to divorce and wants to control the process. In every divorce, the parties must: restructure the family unit, address financial issues, follow state law and court procedures. The Mediator, through training and specialized knowledge, facilitates the parties in addressing all of these matters.
What is Collaborative Divorce?
Collaborative Divorce is an alternative form of dispute resolution, designed to foster the resolution of divorce and family law related issues respectfully and equitably, without court intervention. Like mediation, it takes place outside of the court system, with the goal of reaching a fair settlement, but without the pressure and uncertainties which accompany litigation. Collaborative Divorce should result in a significant cost savings to the divorcing couple.
Collaborative practice is different from other approaches to divorce in that it promotes respect and enables spouses to be in control of the divorce process. Each client has the support, protection and guidance of his or her own lawyer.