PRIVATE
I want our divorce to be private
CONTROL
I want us to control the outcome of our divorce
RESPECTFUL
I want to treat my spouse with respect and deserve the same
FOCUSED
I want to move forward and not focus on the past
KIDS FIRST
I want to be sure our kids are okay

Know Your Legal Choices When it Comes to Divorce and Custody

Families are unique. The issues that family members confront in divorce and separation are as unique as the desires of the parties to resolve them and the skills of the attorneys to assist in that resolution.

Legal Choices LLC offers you choices in selecting the process through which your divorce and related family law matters are resolved.

Litigation
Through the litigation process, the parties place the responsibility for making decisions regarding child and spousal support, property distribution and child custody with the court. It is a highly structured process governed by specific procedural rules and substantive legal principles. The process is mainly driven by the attorneys for the parties.

Mediation
Mediation is a confidential process by which a neutral mediator assists the parties in attempting to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on issues arising in a family law matter. The role of the mediator is to assist the parties in identifying the issues, reducing misunderstanding, clarifying priorities, exploring areas of compromise and finding points of agreement. An agreement reached by the parties must be based on the voluntary decisions of the parties and is not the result of a decision by the mediator. The agreement may resolve all or at least some of the disputed issues. The parties are required to mediate in good faith, but are not compelled to reach an agreement. While mediation is an alternative means of conflict resolution, it is not a substitute for the benefit of legal advice.

Collaboration
Collaborative Divorce is a dispute resolution process in which both parties retain separate, specially trained attorneys and other professionals to assist them in reaching an out of court settlement of their disputes. All participants agree to work together respectfully, honestly and in good faith to find solutions that address the legitimate needs of both parties. The Collaborative Law process is often seen as a blending of the strengths of legal representation and advocacy with the benefits of mediation to provide greater opportunities for creative problem-solving by engendering a cooperative team spirit to achieve the goals of the family as its members move forward into post-divorce relationships.

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