Many people are choosing collaborative law and mediation instead of traditional divorce litigation. This allows the parties to take a team approach to reaching a settlement, creating a solution instead of leaving the decision up to a judge. Both options are good ways to resolve a divorce out of court and preserve each party's dignity and relationships. This is especially important when there are children involved.
Brooke B. McMorrow is a certified collaborative law attorney. She can assist you with a collaborative divorce or mediation. We can also do a private negotiated settlement and formalize it for you. If you are not sure which option is better for you, we can explain each one and help you decide which one may be right for you.
Pennsylvania Collaborative Divorce And Mediation Lawyer
In a collaborative divorce, each party retains his or her own attorney and signs an agreement stating that he or she will resolve all issues and reach a negotiated settlement. If he or she is unable to reach a settlement, each attorney must withdraw and the case will go to trial with new attorneys.
Collaborative divorce is not adversarial like a trial. The focus is on reaching an agreement instead of defeating an opponent. The parties are encouraged to talk freely and find a compromise. Professionals such as divorce coaches, mental health professionals and financial coaches can help facilitate conversation between the parties.
While collaborative divorce is an excellent option for some couples, it does not work for everyone. It is important to understand that if the collaboration fails, the parties will spend additional time and money hiring new lawyers and going to trial.
Mediation is also focused on discussion and negotiation rather than proving each other wrong. Each party may have a lawyer represent him or her during the mediation. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps the couple reach an agreement. Mediators do not have the authority to make decisions. A mediator facilitates discussion and helps the parties find common ground.
If the parties cannot reach an agreement, they may participate in additional mediation or they may decide to take the case to trial.
Contact An Allegheny County Collaborative Law Attorney
To schedule an appointment with a Pittsburgh collaborative divorce lawyer, please call McMorrow Law, LLC, at 412-407-2816 | 724-940-0100 or contact us online.