Divorce - Separation
There are several ways you can approach a divorce (or separation if you never married). A dissolution can be done on your own. Almost everyone could profit from mediation as they work toward settlement of either property or custody issues. Many separating couples simply need some help figuring out where to start.
If a simple dissolution isn't possible even with mediation, then the collaborative process might still help resolve the matter without litigation. In the Collaborative Law approach, you have your own attorney who can advise you confidentially, and advocate for your interests while helping you reach a settlement that works for both parties. You can bring in other professionals (such as an accountant, a child specialist, etc.) to assist if needed. The good thing is you don't each have to hire your own experts. If you want to preserve a good working relationship for the sake of your children, the Collaborative Law approach may be the best way.
If your spouse or former partner is not able to negotiate in good faith, or does not agree to proceed Collaboratively, you must pursue the normal court process. Even this can be handled in different ways. We'll help you chose the approach that fits your situation.