Dissolution of Marriage and the Collaborative Law Process
Your Marriage Should End the Same Way It Began…With Both of You Saying “Yes”
As a Cincinnati, Ohio, family law lawyer with nearly 35 years of experience, one particular observation has molded my approach to dissolution and divorce law. Most people are stuck in old patterns of conflict. These patterns define the tone of the separation, intensify feelings of anger and fear and bring on the courtroom and divorce horror stories we're all familiar with.
Increasing the pressure to resolve the end of your marriage in the old, conflict-based way has been the default option for divorce. Litigation, by its nature, immediately sets up a divorcing couple as enemies, practically guaranteeing that feelings of distrust insecurity will worsen.
There is another way. Collaborative Law directly addresses and works to resolve emotional tire spinning so that you can focus on problem solving, not your spouse, and on your future and on solutions, not that past.
Dissolution as Opposed to Divorce
When you seek a dissolution of your marriage through the Collaborative Law process, you break the well-established and ineffective patterns of litigation. Ninety-nine percent of marriages end in settlement. By seeking a dissolution through the Collaborative Law process instead of a divorce at the hands and in the discretion of a judge, you:
- Conduct the negotiations when they’re most advantageous and most cost effective – at the beginning of the process, not at the very end after spending thousands on litigation and trial preparation
- Can focus on your problems, not on legal strategy, thus cutting away a whole layer of the judicial process
- Can still work with child psychologists, financial planners, family counselors and other experts as needed
The dissolution of marriage through the Collaborative Law process usually involves three to six 2-hour sessions to address the many feelings and challenges that separation and terminating a marriage present. If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of ending your marriage by Dissolution through the Collaborative Law process, contact me for a no-charge consultation.