Collaborative Law, a Constructive Approach to Divorce
The ending of a relationship requires both you and your spouse to determine what your respective needs and interests are in moving forward in your individual life.
Many people in Northern Kentucky who are facing divorce are choosing the collaborative process as a more constructive alternative over litigation (a courtroom decision).
A client-centered process, it enables you and your spouse to reach the common goal of ending your relationship with dignity, respect, and developing a foundation for the future.
How does Collaborative Law work?
The collaborative process works outside of the traditional court system. The resolution process is centered on meeting your needs and interests. It also follows your timeline for reaching resolution versus a court’s timeline. This means your divorce will not be dictated by the court system’s docket and the court’s availability to determine your future.
Attorneys who represent both you and your spouse must be collaboratively trained to participate. All parties—spouses and attorneys—pledge to each other that all issues will be resolved respectfully and without going to court.
When necessary, your collaborative team will include additional professionals, such as a family specialist and/or a financial specialist, to address other important areas in your life. The collaborative advantage is that you determine who those professionals are, not a judge who does not know: you, your spouse, your children and/or your children’s future needs.
How do you start the Collaborative Law Process in Northern Kentucky?
The collaborative process begins with both you and your spouse retaining a trained and experienced collaborative lawyer. A list of trained and experienced collaborative lawyers in Northern Kentucky can be found here. The next step is to schedule meetings with your spouse and his/her attorney. In the first meeting all parties will enter into a collaborative contract. It memorializes everyone’s commitment to begin working immediately towards resolution without a court’s involvement.
The collaborative process continues with subsequent meetings where clients communicate interests and needs, exchange information, explore options for settlement, conduct negotiations, and reach an agreement. The final group meeting involves the review of all paperwork to ensure that the resolution is correctly memorialized for your future protection.
Contact Jackson Family Law
Northern Kentucky family lawyer Ruth Jackson is an experienced Collaborative lawyer committed to helping clients minimize the destruction of divorce. She will discuss the availability of the collaborative option during your initial consultation, as well as the differences between the collaborative process and the traditional court process. If you are interested in learning more about Collaborative Law please call (859) 291-8055 to speak with Ruth and schedule an appointment.