Avoiding Unnecessary Conflicts
Marie G. Michaels, Certified Collaborative Family Law Team Leader!
Collaborative Family Law is a dispute resolution process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their relationship, to work co-operatively with one another and their lawyers as a team. The team shares the common goal of reaching a fair resolution and settlement around the parents’ specific goals and needs for one another and their children regarding custody, residence, child and spousal support, property division, and any other issues that arise on separation. To assist the parents and lawyers in reaching a fair resolution, other experts are frequently invited to join the team, such as neutral Family Coaches and Financial Specialists.
Following the Collaborative Family Law approach allows for the process to move more quickly than any court case ever could, with a focus on cooperation rather than conflict. We will help you avoid the negative and destructive consequences that can arise from even the simplest court proceeding. Your children will thank you!
Taking the alternate path of litigation takes a considerable period of time, from the day you start your court action, to having your trial, then waiting for the Judge to deliver the final court order. This choice effectively gives a stranger (the Judge) complete power over how your children will be raised, how your assets and debts will be divided, and how much money each of you will receive. Furthermore, the cost of litigation is often very high, and the court process slow.