Des Moines Area Lawyer For Collaborative Divorce Cases
Traditional divorce litigation turns parties into adversaries. When divorcing couples are pitted against one another the result is often expensive legal fees and emotional turmoil. The good news is alternatives to the litigation process are available.
I am Des Moines area attorney Debra Hockett-Clark, and I have more than 20 years of experience handling all types of divorce cases in Iowa. Collaborative divorce is a relatively new way to resolve issues that arise at the end of a marriage. As a trained collaborative law attorney with mediation experience, I can help you determine whether alternative dispute resolution might be an option for you. Contact me online or call 515-650-4608 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
A Less Confrontational Option
Collaborative divorce is exactly like it sounds. You and your ex will meet together with your lawyers to collaborate on a divorce agreement that everyone can live with. This requires each party to be open about sharing information on facts, issues, property, debts, and to share your goals when it comes to matters of child custody and support. Once an agreement is reached, the attorneys will craft a legally binding document and file it with the court.
The Benefits Of Collaborating On A Divorce Agreement
There are a number of benefits to going through a divorce mediation or collaborative divorce process. This process puts you and your spouse in control of the decision-making process instead of leaving the choice up to a judge. If you have children, this process is often less stressful for them and can lessen the impact on the parent-child relationship. In most cases, a collaborative approach is less expensive and less time-consuming than a traditionally litigated divorce.
To Learn More About Alternative Dispute Resolution And Divorce, Contact My Law Office
I can let you know whether your case would be a good fit for a collaborative law approach. Contact me online or call 515-650-4608 to schedule a free initial consultation. For your convenience, all major credit cards are accepted.