Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

In many divorces, couples take matters to court to seek a resolution. Each side has a lawyer. With each day, the fighting continues. The lawyers spend more time on the case, and the stress continues to rise for the parties.  In many cases, the animosity increases.  And the parties ultimately end up putting their future, and that of their children, in the hands of a judge. In many instances, there are alternatives for people to consider, including collaborative divorce and mediation.

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Many couples are increasingly turning to collaborative divorce when their marriages end. In collaborative divorce, each spouse hires a trained collaborative lawyer. Spouses sit down with their lawyers and talk through matters. Often, they bring in additional professionals who can lend their perspectives. These include divorce coaches, financial neutrals, and psychologists.

If issues cannot be resolved through collaboration and if the spouses wish to go to court, the current attorneys must withdraw from the case.  New trial attorneys must be hired before the matter can be taken to trial.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, Founding Partner Kirk Stange, and Managing Partner Kelly Davidzuk are trained collaborative divorce lawyers who are members of the Missouri Collaborative Institute.  If you want to pursue a collaborative divorce, contact us today.  You can also visit our webpage on collaborative divorce titled: Collaborative Divorce Representation.

The Advantages of Collaborative Divorce: Why it Can Work

Our clients often find that, by sitting down and resolving issues, they can reduce the cost of divorce and the impact on the children involved. Collaborative divorce also gives them more control over critical issues.  It is also more private and avoids potentially embarrassing pleadings or motions in a court file.  Further, they can make those decisions for themselves instead of waiting for a judge’s decision.

Collaborative divorce only works when the parties are willing to talk.  The parties attempt to resolve their situation by sitting across the table with their attorney present with them.  At Stange Law Firm, PC, we are dedicated to straightforward representation in collaborative divorce that works to our client’s advantage.

We also use mediation techniques and other alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve matters quickly and effectively for our clients. These practical solutions save families money and reduce the stress that a divorce can bring to a family.

Multi-State Family Law and Divorce Mediation Lawyers in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma,  Nebraska, and Indiana 

Mediation is another option for parties to consider. In mediation, the parties sit together with a neutral mediator (and no attorney generally being present with them, unlike collaborative law).  A mediator tries to facilitate discourse between the parties such that they can reach an agreement. In many instances, multiple sessions, as part of a thorough process, can eventually help parties reach an agreement privately outside of court.

If an agreement can be reached, the mediator generally puts this agreement in writing. The parties then hire separate counsel to file settlement paperwork in court and obtain a judge’s approval.

If you are interested in mediation, contact us today.  Stange Law Firm, PC has multiple mediators who can help you, including Kirk Stange, Kelly Davidzuk, and Antony Jones.

Find Out More About Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

You can read more about collaborative divorce and mediation in articles titled: Collaborative Divorce: An Alternative to Adversarial Court ProceedingsKey Differences Between Mediation and Collaborative Divorce, and How to Make Mediation Work.

Further, you can listen to a podcast that we did on this topic as well titled: Collaborative Divorce Versus Mediation.

Contact Our Multi-State Collaborative Divorce Lawyers in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana 

Contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at our convenient locations in St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Wichita, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Omaha, Lincoln, and beyond.


Helpful Information Regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution From our Webpage

For more information about Alternative Dispute Resolutions, please look at our other pages:
Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Find about mediation and collaborative divorce.
Questions About Collaborative Practice
If you have questions about collaborative practice, we can help answer them here.
Benefits of a Collaborative Divorce
Find out about the benefits of collaborative divorce.
What is a Divorce Coach
Find out how a divorce coach can help in collaborative practice.
Questions About Mediation
You can find out here how mediation works in divorce and family law matters.
Mediation as an Amicable Process of Divorce
Find out how mediation can help lead to an amicable result in divorce and family law matters.
Preparing for ADR in Divorce
Find out how to prepare for alternative dispute resolution in divorce.
Voluntary Mediation vs. Court Ordered Mediation
Find out the difference between voluntary and court ordered mediation in divorce and family law matters.
Divorce Mediation
Find out about the potential benefits of divorce mediation.
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