Doylestown Lawyer Resolving Family Law Issues Through Collaborative Law
You may be going through a divorce, but you can still work with your spouse to create an amicable resolution. A Bucks County collaborative family law attorney can help you take control of your divorce, saving you time and money in the process. At the Law Office of Elissa C. Goldberg, we help Pennsylvania families find collaborative law solutions. With training in both mediation and collaborative law, attorney Elissa C. Goldberg is ready to help you work together and reach a settlement tailored to your family.
About Collaborative Law
Collaborative law is a voluntary dispute resolution process that is particularly well-suited for family law matters such as divorce. From the beginning, both spouses commit themselves to settlement without the overhanging threat of litigation. In fact, if the collaborative process fails, the attorneys involved are disqualified from representing the spouses in court. This “disqualification provision” helps spouses send a powerful signal to each other – that they are truly committed to reaching an amicable resolution.
In collaborative law, our law firm represents one party as he or she works with the other spouse to decide on key issues of child custody, child support, spousal support/alimony pendente lite and property division. We often consult with professionals from the mental health and financial fields so that the skills and resources of those professions can help spouses make the right decisions about the issues they face.
This can be especially important when the stress of divorce impacts parents and children. We may consult with mental health experts to help prevent your current emotional state from affecting the long term needs of your children.
Advantages to Collaborative Law
There are many advantages to collaborative law. Satisfaction with both the process and the outcome is high. Moreover, experience has shown that agreements reached through a respectful, amicable process last longer and cost less than those achieved through the courts.
At our Pennsylvania law firm, we find that participation in a collaborative process can lead to many favorable things for our clients:
- A sense of control over your future: Working through matters collaboratively can lead to an increased sense of self determination in resolving personal disputes.
- Positive outcomes for your children: Collaborative solutions reduce the stress on children and can enhance relationships between caretakers. These co-parenting and extended family relationships will continue to be important to your child’s growth and well being long after the divorce is finalized.
- Protection of your privacy: No other divorce process offers that degree of privacy protection that applies to professionals in a collaborative law setting. Unlike most court documents which become a matter of public record, negotiations between spouses are confidential.
What to Expect from the Collaborative Law Process
Talking to you face-to-face and learning more about your primary goals, we will figure out what is most important to you in your divorce. Prioritizing your goals – whether it’s money for retirement or child custody – we will express them to the other side. Working with a financial planner, we will come up with a financial plan that protects your future while considering earning potential, alimony, property division and tax consequences.
By working with your spouse and avoiding litigation, you can save time and money while tailoring a settlement to meet the needs of your family. Located in Doylestown, we represent Pennsylvania families across Bucks County. Call 215-345-5259 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation.