Giving You The Tools You Need
At Conlon, McGlynn & McCann, LLC, we understand that the decision to divorce is not always easy and judging how to proceed can be challenging. We aim to give our clients the knowledge, guidance and peace of mind needed to move forward and seek the best possible post-divorce outcome. We also understand that divorce is not a one-size-fits-all process. Some couples are best served by a more traditional litigation approach, especially if there is a history of abuse or manipulation. Other couples are better served by alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes such as collaborative divorce or mediation.
Collaborative Divorce; Less Conflict, More Humane
A popular method among couples looking for civil approach is to utilize the collaborative divorce process. This option typically provides couples with a dignified approach to separation, while minimizing the emotional and financial expense that often coincides with divorce.
The following are some of the benefits of the collaborative divorce process:
- You can interact respectfully with one another.
- You can avoid court interference.
- Your privacy is maintained.
- You can place emphasis and focus on the needs of your children.
- You can share your desires regarding property division.
- You can utilize negotiations that are unique to your situation.
- It is a cost-effective process.
- You can maintain control over issues and outcomes.
Each party works with their own attorney and signs an agreement stating that they agree to participate in the collaborative process and not go to court – which will result in a negotiated settlement. You will each freely and fully exchange information, acknowledge priorities and seek mutually acceptable solutions.
When Mediation Is A Good Choice
Couples who choose mediation are often seeking more privacy since this process, unlike going to court, is not public. Mediation offers some benefits in that it can be less expensive than traditional divorce litigation. It can usually move forward faster. Couples also report feeling that the process was less formal, more flexible and that they had a sense of control. In mediation, only one neutral mediator needs to be hired and parties may hire review counsel during the process. Wondering if mediation is right for you? Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced mediators to get your questions about this process answered.