Collaborative Law

Resolving Your Family Dispute With Less Conflict

The traditional, adversarial approach to divorce can lead to consequences that nobody wants: resentment and conflict that last long after the legal process is over. The collaborative law approach can be a more constructive way to achieve a divorce settlement.

As a member of the Ohio Center for Principled Advocacy, attorney Darlene Wilcox offers the collaborative law approach as an alternative to a litigated divorce. We offer an initial consultation to answer your questions about the collaborative process. Our law office is located in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River.

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law is an alternative way to resolve issues such as marital property division, child custody, child support and alimony. It is different from divorce mediation, in which a third-party helps you and your spouse resolve disputes but does not represent either one of you.

In collaborative law, each side has a lawyer who represents his or her interests. However, the two sides and their attorneys agree to work together to come up with a solution through a series of negotiating sessions rather than filing for divorce. The process can include bringing in specialists such as financial planners and psychologists to help you resolve certain issues.

The collaborative law process tends to conserve marital assets and reduce the level of conflict in divorce. Because the two parties are in the control of the process, the process also tends to be less stressful. If you and your spouse are not able to reach a settlement using the collaborative law process, you always have the option of going to court.

For more information about the collaborative law process, contact attorney Darlene Wilcox.

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We would be happy to set up an appointment to answer your questions. Contact us or call 440-356-3008 today.