You Can End Your Marriage Positively While Protecting Your Interests
While working as a family law litigation attorney in Ohio from 1978 to 2000, I heard my divorcing clients voice a consistent frustration that could be summarized as “The way the divorce process is set up, I feel like my case is just going to get worse and worse until the moment my divorce is granted”. I couldn’t help but wonder – if my client is finally pursuing the divorce needed to increase his or her happiness, why should the divorce process continually rank among divorcing people’s all-time worst experiences?
My name is Maury White, and in 1999, I began featuring the Collaborative Law Process as a dispute-resolution option for my divorcing couples. By 2008, it was fully clear to me that Collaborative Law was so superior to litigation in reducing conflict and delivering the results my clients needed that I ceased litigating altogether. In the case of Collaborative Law versus traditional litigation, Collaborative Law is the clear winner.
Litigation Rarely Serves the Needs of Those Paying for It
America is a famously “litigious” society. Yet, in so many instances, it seems no one is satisfied, and even those clients whose position prevailed, feel, in the words of one of my clients, “sickened” by the experience.
There’s little we can do when the rates of personal injury, medical malpractice and other forms of litigation skyrocket. We can, however, investigate other options when the time arrives to resolve divorces and related issues like child custody, visitation, child support and property division. Collaborative Law is also often the best way for unmarried parents to resolve these issues.
Your Marriage Should End the Same Way It Began…By Both of You Saying “Yes”
Collaborative Family Law looks the litigation paradigm squarely in eye and turns it on its head. The Collaborative Divorce Process respects the fact that a husband and wife may have different financial and child-related goals, that there are limited resources to distribute and that the couple has likely experienced a great degree of recent discord.
By systematically helping couples see each question from many points of view, the Collaborative Law Process often succeeds in reducing the conflict, anger, distrust and fear that so often make the end of a marriage so terrible. By redefining how divorce is managed, you and your spouse can truly end your marriage the way it began: by saying “yes” to solutions that work for all and that launch you and your family onward to a positive and hopeful future.
Limited Representation: The Cornerstone of Collaborative Law
In a Collaborative Divorce, the parties and attorneys sign an agreement that the case will not go to litigation. This type of limited representation ensures that parties are relieved of the specter of a court battle, freeing their minds to come to creative, cooperative solutions.
To learn more about how the Collaborative Law Process works, please visit the comprehensive explanatory page on this site entitled “Collaborative Divorce: What is it and is it for me?” or, for immediate information that pertains directly to your case and your life, contact me for a no-charge consultation.