COLLABORATIVE LAW: EASING THE STRESS OF DIVORCE
Divorce is one of the most emotionally and financially stressful events that can occur in a person's life. Traditional litigation only adds to these stresses - the parties are adversarial, conflicts can escalate, trips to the courthouse add up, and so do high attorney fees and other costs.
WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE PAIN OF DIVORCE
My law firm works to minimize conflict, protect children, and move things along as quickly as possible. We do this by employing collaborative law techniques whenever possible. Such techniques are non-adversarial, providing an alternative to bitter court battles and orders issued by judges who may not know your circumstances thoroughly.
We use our experience and training to help people resolve issues relating to:
WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE?
In a collaborative divorce process, you and your spouse or domestic partner negotiate an agreement with professional help. You each hire collaborative lawyers who advise and assist you in negotiating the settlement agreement.
You meet separately with your own lawyer. The lawyers and both clients also meet together regularly. Sometimes you and your spouse or domestic partner can bring in other people, like child custody specialists, psychiatrists, accountants and other experts, to help you settle your case without having to go in front of a judge in a contested case.
For a collaborative divorce, both spouses or domestic partners and their lawyers usually sign a contract that says they agree they will not go to court. If the parties cannot reach a settlement and end up having to go to court, the lawyers agree to withdraw from the case. If that happens, you will have to get a new lawyer or represent yourself.
In this setting, the couple can reach creative solutions that fit their unique circumstances.
CONTACT US FOR A FREE OFFICE CONSULTATION ABOUT YOUR DIVORCE ISSUES
Law Office of James M. Williams, is a premier family law firm in the Bay Area. For a free initial consultation regarding Collaborative Divorce, contact us at (925) 272-8171.
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