My Own Collaborative Divorce:
Information for my Spouse
Obtaining legal advice for family matters can be a daunting, stressful, and even intimidating experience. Your spouse or ex-spouse may have some familiarity with a collaborative law approach, or just the opposite: you may be interested in collaborative law, and yet your spouse or ex-spouse does not think it would work, or may even be threatening legal action. It could also be that one of you has filed a Petition already.
Wherever you happen to be in the process, you owe it to yourself
to be aware of the options available to you before making some
of the most significant decisions you will ever make. One option
is that you and your spouse or ex-spouse may use mediation without
hiring a lawyer. Or, you may both hire collaborative law attorneys
and work together as a team. You may also create an amicable, uncontested divorce, with lawyers consulting throughout the process. The time-worn approach is traditional
litigation, in which you both hire family law attorneys, and use
the court system to solve your dispute.
The results prove the point. After resolving your matter through collaborative
law, there is a less than 5% chance that you will end up in litigation
to resolve subsequent issues as compared to a 50-90% chance after reaching
agreement through litigation. So, if the peace of mind and well-being
of your family is important to you, your odds of success are much higher
in using the collaborative law model. Again, it is not for everyone. But
for most, especially those who are willing to participate fully in the
process, it has the chance of facilitating as close to a "win-win" result
as is possible.
Law Group, PLLC serves both the Eastside Puget Sound communities of Bellevue,
Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau as well as the
Greater Seattle area as specialists in all aspects of Collaborative Family
legal issues including Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, Guardianship,
Estate/Probate law, and other Collaborative Family Law cases. Contact
Melissa Shields Storch today.