- Collaborative Practice and Uncontested Divorce
- Modification of existing orders for both child custody and child support
My Divorce and Family Law practice focuses on helping couples resolve their marital differences amicably and respectfully, so that their new relationship as ex-spouses preserves the foundation for two essential tasks: moving on in life and continuing to be the parents of their children together. How do I do this? By avoiding the traditional, litigation divorce process.
Most people who have gone through litigated divorce will tell you that the experience is emotionally wrenching, extremely expensive, and takes forever. They may also say that their lawyers made the situation worse by blocking communication between them and their spouses, which increased the level of conflict and exacerbated arguments about child custody, alimony, and property division. They will almost undoubtedly tell you that their attorneys charged exorbitant fees.
Families undergoing divorce are in crisis and need help, not increased stress and conflict. Unfortunately, the traditional legal process relies on an adversarial system that inherently intensifies conflicts. Traditional divorce lawyers typically perceive their role as “fighting for their clients.” But the hallmarks of fighting quickly become the hallmarks of revenge – and are often the source of unforeseen future conflicts that plague the family for years.
What’s worse, parties to traditional divorce often are forced to engage in contentious, last-minute negotiations to avoid trial, often leaving important issues unresolved and even creating new, unforeseen ones. If negotiations fail, the parties are forced to put their fate in the hands of a judge who is a stranger to them and their children. And no matter who your judge is, any veteran family lawyer or mental health professional can tell you that divorce trials solve little and often perpetuate problems.
A better alternative is Amicable Family Law, using the techniques of Uncontested Divorce and of Collaborative Practice.