In both litigation and the Collaborative Law Process, participants must look at the facts pertaining to their case. “Does my child need to change schools? How will my new job affect our parenting time schedule or our spousal support arrangement? And will we need to change our child custody arrangement if my former spouse moves?”
Litigation and Collaborative Law do not differ in what information must be considered. The difference is in how the information is considered. Simply put, the modification question might be approached like this:
- Through litigation both sides will say “This is how it’s going to be”, both sides will support their argument and a judge, who knows very little about your family and its needs, will decide for you.
- In the Collaborative Law Process, the parents and their counsel will meet, discuss feelings of fear and anxiety and work to establish trust, take time to understand all concerns and work to find a solution that will best satisfy the needs of all involved parties. No changes will be made to an existing agreement unless both adults agree to the change
Find a Modification Solution that Works for You
Though litigation is the default choice for millions of Americans facing family law issues, Collaborative Law is the choice that almost invariably results in the best solution. I believe this so strongly that I abandoned the litigation component of my family practice in 2008 to practice Collaborative Law and Mediation exclusively.
- I am one of only 106 Certified Family Law Specialists in Ohio
- I have won the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Law
- I have earned the highest Martindale Hubbell rating (the highest ranking available for legal abilities and ethical standards) and have been designated as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2004.
If you would like to learn more about resolving your divorce modification dispute through the collaborative law process, please contact me for a no-charge, no-obligation consultation.