Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Serving Louisville Kentucky
What is a collaborative divorce in Louisville? How is this process different than an uncontested divorce, contested divorce or a military divorce? Collaborative divorce is a formally structured process that is designed specifically to allow the divorcing couple to avoid court, establish specific rules for how their divorce will be managed, limit time frame and costs, draw upon experienced professionals and accomplish their divorce in a dignified manner consistent with their own values and goals.
Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC is committed to the collaborative divorce process. Collaborative law requires extensive training and we have successfully completed all preparation for this important work. Collaborative law places you, the clients, in charge of your divorce providing a much more controlled and empowering experience. The emotional burden of other divorce models is greatly lowered, and a collaborative process not only completes our divorce in a cooperative manner it establishes new skills and relationship dynamics that will be important to your quality of life after the divorce is completed. This is especially true if you will share parenting duties for your children.
How Does the Collaborative Divorce Process Work?
All parties involved in your divorce, including your attorneys and the other professionals who are brought in to support you sign a contract which eliminates the threat of “going to court.” The contract establishes clear goals regarding the behavior of all parties and establishes the central priority: settlement without a trial.
Your collaborative divorce will establish a team who work together constructively and in a positive environment, not as opponents. The goal is creative and constructive meetings designed to find common ground and work in a positive collaborative manner instead of as adversaries.
The collaborative divorce process fosters open, candid communications in a much more informal and comfortable setting. Every step is focused upon the outcome – completing your divorce in a timely and cost-effective manner without the need for a trial or going to court. Your professional team supports you throughout the process to ensure a full, transparent disclosure by both former spouses. We ensure all parties use calm reasoning, analysis, creativity and the benefit of their experience and expertise to generate fair and reasonable options. This allows the former spouses to select the options that are best for them and for their children and reach a fair and just settlement in their divorce.
There are incentives for your team to help you complete the process successfully. There are also disincentives built into the collaborative divorce contract.
If the process breaks down or one of the parties attempts to go to court the whole team must withdraw from the case. As your lawyers, Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC contributes decades of experience and legal skill and expertise in support of the process. As your lawyers and counselors at law we protect your interests and support you throughout the process. We also work comfortably and collaboratively with your former spouse and their representatives in a productive and professional manner.
The Emotional Price of a Divorce
Many people underestimate the emotional price of a divorce. Most of our clients are upset enough about the end of their marriage and do not fully understand all of the issues that must be completely resolved before a divorce can be finalized, including:
- The division of marital assets, debts and financial obligations including the disposition of the family home
- Child custody (physical and legal)
- Parenting time (also known as visitation)
- Child support
- Maintenance (also referred to as spousal support or alimony)
- Division of retirement assets such as a 401(k), pension or IRA
- Valuation and division of the marital interest in any closely-held business or professional practice
- Deduction of dependents and other tax related issues
For most, their greatest fears are the constant bickering, that attorneys will drive up the anger between the parties and the cost of the divorce, as well as the fear of the unknown. The experience of going to court often leaves people feeling embarrassed to have private issues placed in open court. There is usually no “win” or “lose” in divorce cases as a judge typically wants both parties to feel as if they have had to give in a bit.
Collaborative law reverses this experience. You won’t have to go to court. Arguing and fighting is replaced with a constructive, positive tone and a cooperative process supported by expert professionals. Collaborative divorce leaves you with a sense of control, empowerment and optimism. After decades of experience with divorce in the greater Louisville area, we can tell you that it is absolutely possible to work through your divorce while gaining new skills and building a strong foundation for the rest of your life.
Contact a Louisville Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
Would you like to learn more about the collaborative divorce process? Are you searching for the right attorney who has the experience, expertise and emotional skill to support you collaboratively through your divorce? We invite you to contact us or call (502) 584-1108 to learn more about collaborative divorce or to schedule an appointment with one of our seasoned and proven attorneys.
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