Cooperative And Collaborative Divorce Options
Easing The Stress Of Divorce
Divorce is one of the most emotionally and financially stressful events that can occur in a person’s life. Traditional litigation only adds to these stresses — the parties are adversarial, conflicts can escalate, trips to the courthouse add up, and so do high attorney fees and other costs.
Working To Minimize The Pain Of Divorce
Our law firm works to minimize conflict, protect children and move things along as quickly as possible. We do this by employing cooperative and collaborative law techniques whenever possible. Such techniques are nonadversarial, providing an alternative to bitter court battles and orders issued by judges who may not know your circumstances thoroughly.
We are local leaders in divorce mediation, cooperative divorce and collaborative law. Attorneys Teri M. Nelson and Rebecca K. Millenbach are certified in collaborative divorce. Attorney Alison Krueger is a Certified Divorce Mediator. All of the lawyers at Nelson, Krueger & Millenbach, LLC, practice cooperatively to the greatest extent possible. They use their experience and training to help people resolve issues relating to:
- Spousal support and alimony
- Child custody and placement (visitation)
- Child support
- Property and debt division
The Difference Between Collaborative And Cooperative Divorce
In a collaborative divorce, both parties sign a contract where they agree to resolve issues arising in their divorce without litigation. They commit to honest collaboration from start to finish.
In cooperative divorce, the goal is the same. The parties agree to set differences aside and reach a mutually agreeable settlement. However, they can proceed to litigation if absolutely necessary.
Who Is Involved?
The parties have his or her attorney to guide them through the process. The two spouses and their lawyers meet together and discuss settlement in four-way meetings.
Psychiatrists, child coaches, financial experts and other experts may join the meetings as needed. In this setting, the couple can reach creative solutions that fit their unique circumstances.
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