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Cincinnati Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Committed to Reaching Fair Resolutions
Although collaborative law may seem like a relatively new process, it has been used to successfully and amicably resolve divorce issues for many years. The Ohio Collaborative Law statute went into effect in 2012, but prior to that the collaborative process was practiced by contract. Experienced attorneys Deborah L. McPartlin, Gayle M. Warm, and Randal S. Bloch are all trained collaborative practitioners in the state of Ohio.
What Is Collaborative Law?
As a form of limited representation and interest-based negotiation, collaborative law presents a safe alternative to traditional divorce methods. It is a non-adversarial process that does not involve courtroom litigation, which means the divorcing parties make major decisions together with their attorneys, rather than leaving their future to be decided by a judge. Collaborative law is one way to terminate a marriage by agreement. This process is typically used in a dissolution of marriage, but can be used after a divorce has been filed as long as the parties and court agree.
Our Cincinnati collaborative divorce lawyers frequently work with family relations specialists, mediators, financial advisors, and child specialists in the practice of collaborative law. This team approach makes it possible to resolve complex issues in a much less adversarial manner than typically afforded by the traditional divorce process.
A Cooperative Alternative to Traditional Divorce Negotiations
Collaborative law is different from traditional negotiation in several ways. First, in order to proceed collaboratively, each party must have his or her own collaborative attorney and sign a contract agreeing not to file for divorce. Second, full disclosure is required, such that any and all relevant information and documentation must be exchanged prior to reaching an agreement, which is not a requirement in traditional negotiation.
In the event that the parties cannot reach an agreement, both attorneys must withdraw from the case and the parties must retain new legal representation. The benefit of this rule is there is little to no threat of litigation while you are engaged in the collaborative process, which allows you the freedom to craft creative, individualized solutions that meet your specific needs.
We Can Help You Decide If Collaborative Law Is Right for Your Family
Just as every family is different, every divorce case is different, too. The collaborative practitioners of Wagner & Bloch will assess the unique facts of your situation to help you choose whether collaborative law is the best option for achieving your family’s goals. Although the collaborative model is not appropriate in every case, it can be a very effective method of reaching cooperative agreements between parents who want to preserve their co-parenting relationship, retain power over the final agreement, and avoid the cost of litigation. Collaborative law is just one of the many approaches we can use to achieve a resolution of your divorce or dissolution.
The attorneys at Wagner & Bloch are trained in the practice of collaborative law and have had great success using the collaborative model. You can find out more about the collaborative process by visiting www.collaborativelaw.com.
Call us today at 513-751-4420 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our Cincinnati collaborative divorce lawyers. We will help you explore your options and determine if collaborative law is a good choice for you.