Let The Patrick D. West Law Firm Help You Work Towards an Amicable Solution
It is generally more beneficially for all parties involved when a family law settlement can be reached out of court. At the Patrick D. West Law Firm, we can help facilitate such a settlement through the mediation process, and ideally come to an amicable resolution on all aspects of the divorce process.
Our attorneys are experienced in what is known as Collaborative Law, otherwise known as the process by which parties to a family law matter may express their positions and begin a dialogue towards resolution without enduring the taxing litigation process.
Through Collaborative Law methods, spouses facing separation or divorce may do the following:
- Reach an agreement on the distribution of personal and professional assets without the time, expense and emotional turmoil of protracted litigation;
- Receive the assistance of an independent third party who is skilled in alternative dispute resolution, who can help de-escalate tense emotional situations and limit further damage to family relationships;
- Increase the ultimate assets to both parties by reaching an amicable resolution that will allow the former spouses to avoid the extensive legal fees associated with litigation;
- Resolve their outstanding disputes potentially in one sitting, relieving themselves of the extensive drains on their time and energy caused by litigation, and the resultant conflict with professional and personal pursuits;
- Resolve their disputes in a confidential setting, free of the public scrutiny, judgment and embarrassment which may accompany a fight in open court;
- And many more advantages.
Particularly when former spouses and parents are bound together by their children or other obligations, preserving civil relationships inures to everyone’s benefit. The Collaborative Law process will facilitate amicable settlements wherever possible, allowing families to move on with their lives and rebuild what may have been lost.
Collaborative Law may also call upon the expertise outside of the law to help resolve disputes when appropriate. For example, professionals in the areas of finance, taxation, natural energy, insurance, psychology, life coaching and others can help provide key insight to the mediation parties and grant them perspectives they would not otherwise have had.
However, sometimes despite the best-laid plans and efforts, it is just not possible for divorcing spouses to reach a settlement out of court. In this event, the Patrick D. West Law Firm is fully prepared to proceed with litigation if necessary and see it through to completion.
If you are considering whether the Collaborative Law process may be right for you and your family, these additional resources may help you in your decision:
- Will Collaborative Divorce Work for You?
- Collaborative Law: A New Approach to Divorce
- The Collaborative Law Act
Contact the Patrick D. West Law Firm today to learn more. Call us at (817) 332-2600 or contact us via our online form to set up an appointment if you would like to explore the use of Collaborative Law to reach a resolution to your family law matter.