During my first few years of practice, I was dismayed to see families battling in court and judges delivering verdicts with very little information to go on. Instead of searching for mutual solutions, clients and their attorneys were fighting to "win". This approach invariably cost the client and their family a lot of money and heartache.
I knew there had to be a better way, and more than fifteen years ago, I started making a change in the way I practiced law. As I learned about mediation and collaborative law techniques, I began to look at conflict resolution differently. I started helping my clients look at their underlying interests, needs, and concerns as well as the underlying interests, needs, and concerns of the other party. I began to understand the long-term damage that can occur when people fight it out in court. This was especially disheartening to see when children were involved.
I no longer take disputes to court. I now help clients build workable agreements instead of tearing down relationships. I know it is possible to help clients restructure their lives and create the future they want without destroying their family or themselves in the process. I know this because I see it every day. When clients use mediation and collaborative methods to solve problems, they preserve relationships, stay out of court, and protect their children from family conflict.
They save money and heartache too. Collaborative law and mediation services are less expensive and more confidential than going to court. (Note: while many agreements can remain private, in a contested court setting, personal information and court orders are filed in court with public access.)
Some additional benefits include:
- Less stress, anxiety, and drama
- More win-win outcomes
- Greater control over the process and result
- Increased positive post-divorce interaction
- Long-lasting, mutual decision-making
- Respectful communication in a safe environment
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