Divorce proceedings do not have to be contentious court battles where one party is typically declared the "winner" and the other party the "loser." An alternative to traditional divorce litigation is collaborative divorce. There are many benefits of collaborative divorce, including the ability to help control and reach an agreement on your most important issues.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, founding partners Kirk Stange Paola Stange, John Kershman and Kelly Davidzuk are trained collaborative divorce lawyers who practice in family law exclusively and are members of the St. Louis Collaborative Family Law Association. Jillian Wood ia also trained in collaborative family law and is a member of the South Central Illinois Collaborative Family Law Association. A number of our other attorneys are also trained in collaborative law. To find out whether this process might be the right option for you, contact us online or call 855-805-0595 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.
The Advantages of Reaching a Divorce Agreement Collaboratively
Given the adversarial nature of our legal system, traditional divorce proceedings can often leave both parties feeling emotionally bruised. In addition, court proceedings are considered to be matters of public record, which means potentially embarrassing and hurtful accusations will be available for all to see.
The collaborative process is private and confidential. It provides you with the opportunity to work with your ex-spouse on an agreement at your own pace and to help reach a settlement that you can both live with. If children are involved, a collaborative divorce approach can also help shield them from contentious court testimony. Perhaps most importantly, studies have shown that couples who go through the collaborative process are more satisfied with the results than those who have chosen the traditional litigation path.
For more information regarding collaborative divorce, feel free to read our article: Collaborative Divorce: An Alternative to Adversarial Court Proceedings and Differences between mediation and collaborative law.
Contact Our Attorneys to Find Out if Collaborative Divorce Is Right for You
To learn more about collaborative divorce and other alternatives to divorce litigation, contact us online or call 855-805-0595. You can also visit our blog titled Collaborative Divorce Representation. With office locations throughout the Midwest in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield, we are here to help you meet all of your family law needs.