Collaborative Law

Lucas County Collaborative Law Attorneys

Finding a Viable Alternative to a Courtroom Battle

When facing a divorce, child custody dispute, or another family law issue, you may think that a long and daunting court battle is the only way to resolve the matter. However, there is another way.

The Lucas County collaborative law attorneys at Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC can advise you of other options that are often more efficient in resolving conflicts and preserving cordial relationships, which benefits the divorcing spouses and their children. Collaborative law may be right for you if you and the other party are willing to cooperate and compromise.

Call (419) 842-4629 to learn how collaborative law can help resolve your dispute. 

The Advantages of Collaborative Law

Collaborative law provides a way for divorcing spouses to work together to achieve a common goal – a livable life for you and your newly separated family. Legal issues can usually be resolved much faster and at a fraction of the cost of litigation. Our Lucas County collaborative law attorneys enjoy helping families work together to resolve disputes and secure positive results for themselves and their children.

How Collaborative Law Works

The collaborative law model was designed to help divorcing spouses resolve major divorce issues without going to court. Rather than allowing a judge to make decisions for your family, you and your ex-spouse retain control over important decisions that will influence your family’s future. Both parties must agree to participate in the process, disclose all relevant information, and refrain from courtroom litigation.

Discussion and negotiations are held in team meetings with:

  • Both spouses
  • Their attorneys
  • A neutral divorce coach
  • A neutral financial professional

The approach in collaborative law is much different than in traditional litigation. Everyone at the meeting has a shared goal of reaching an agreement. In the team meetings, information is gathered and shared, and solutions are generated that addresses the goals of each party. The process can be used to resolve conflicts regarding child custody, spousal support, and other issues.

An agenda will be prepared before each team meeting so you will always know what is being discussed in advance. The number of sessions needed will vary depending on the complexity of the issues that must be addressed and each party’s willingness to compromise. A temporary or binding agreement is often reached in these meetings. When the issues are fully resolved, the attorneys will prepare the necessary documents for the divorce process to be finalized by the court.

Discuss Your Options with Our Attorneys

When both parties are willing to forego litigation and commit to the process, collaborative law can be extremely effective in resolving disputes without going to court. You can learn more about the collaborative law process to help you determine if this method is a good fit for your situation by scheduling a consultation with one of our lawyers. We offer a free 10-minute telephone consultation, or you can schedule a longer consultation in our office.

If you are interested in learning more about alternatives to court, call (419) 842-4629 today.

Why Choose Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC?

  • Free Phone Consultations
  • Committed to a 24 Hour Response Time
  • Exclusively Practicing Family Law
  • Put a Fierce Advocate On Your Side
  • Affordable Financing Available
  • Offering Alternative Options to Divorce

Get to Know Us Through the Eyes of Our Clients

    "Clear and supportive process."
    Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC represented me in my divorce. We used collaborative law after they suggested an alternative, and I'm so glad we did. We reached a complete agreement after three meetings and only had to go to court once. Everything was explained clearly, and they answered all my messages. Highly recommend.
    - Sam
    "Prepared, patient, and caring."
    Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC represented me in my custody case. They modified my custody order and filed a motion when the agreement wasn't followed. They answered emails and calls promptly, and worked with me on a payment plan. Very prepared, patient, and caring. Highly recommend.
    - Glenn
    "Experience and attention to detail"
    Smith & Smith Law Office, LLC did an amazing job with my case. It was a challenging matter that required creative solutions, and the team had the experience and attention to detail to get the outcome needed.
    - Michael
    "She was an amazing lawyer"
    She was an amazing lawyer She Answered every question I had. Delivered excellency service and even helped me get everything I needed. If I ever have another problem I know who I am going to call!
    - Gary R.
    "Can not thank her enough"
    Christine is a life saver. She took what I thought was the end of my life and the system screwing me over to giving me my life back. She is my forever lawyer. Can not thank her enough
    - Joshua R.
    "If you’re looking for representation who is professional and thorough, this is the place!"
    If you’re looking for representation who is professional and thorough, this is the place. Christine’s knowledge is outstanding, she is someone who is compassionate and caring for all her clients! She took the time in listening to all my needs and trust her 100% of the way. If you’re ever stuck in a difficult situation for child support and child custody, she’s the person you want on your side helping you fight the battle.
    - Former Client
    "Christine was confident, had some great strategies of how we could fight this and really made me feel hope again."
    I spoke with Christine today regarding my divorce case that my previous attorney mishandled. After talking to over a dozen lawyers to try to find someone to help combat the mess I'm in, Christine was confident, had some great strategies of how we could fight this and really made me feel hope again. I am looking forward to working with her, I feel she will do a very good job handling my case and will fight for me.
    - Amanda B.
    "Christine has been absolutely amazing to work with in an especially difficult time."
    Christine has been absolutely amazing to work with in an especially difficult time. I am thankful for her knowledge and experience! I would highly recommend her!
    - Maggie W.
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