Collaborative Law

All family law mattes present complex and highly emotional situations that include critically important issues such as children and finances. The collaborative process to handling a family law matter offers an alternative, non-litigated, non-adversarial manner of handling these issues. The process begins when each party retains an attorney who has been collaboratively trained. They then select a neutral financial expert and a neutral mental health professional who is not there to provide therapy, but to facilitate the process and identify any issues that may need to be addressed. From the beginning, the collaborative process is a team approach to a divorce, and everyone, including the parties, opposing counsel and the experts involved, are treated with respect, as they all share the same goal. Getting the family through the divorce process in an equitable and non-adversarial manner. This process keeps financial information and other private family issues confidential. The process is likely to provide a cost benefit as opposed to litigation because the parties utilize joint experts. The parties must voluntarily decide to forgo litigation and use a cooperative, honest, and transparent approach to their issues. This promotes integrity, respect and dignity and assists a family in resolving the issues at hand and to minimize the amount of conflict that could arise in the future.

Christen Ritchey and Caroline Johnson have been collaboratively trained and are available to discuss this option with you. Call now for more information.