Perhaps the most controversial and emotional types of cases, child custody disputes require special time and consideration. Always keeping the well being of children in mind, family law attorneys often participate in collaborative law. This process of mediation allows each party to negotiate more effectively, by relying on their attorneys for insight and support.
Because every family is unique, custody issues have specific sets of circumstances to be taken into account. Cases involving divorce often find spouses and families at odds regarding custody, child support, relocating, or visitation rights and enforcement. This ultimately leads to stress, anxiety, and fear over the possibility of going to court.
Mediation through collaborative law allows attorneys to better understand and identify the needs and concerns of their clients. The attorney becomes an advocate for the family, communicating their needs and interests to the opposing party. When attorneys on both sides commit to this process, stress is greatly reduced, and groundwork for resolution begins.
With less stress and a commitment to resolution, most clients find it easier on every level (legal, emotional, and financial) to reach an agreement. Much of this is because the client has an active role in identifying the issues that are important. These issues serve as the focal point for settlement, and the attorney will work to maintain a climate of cooperation by communicating these to the other party. If family relations or financial specialists are needed, they are available. The goal with collaborative law is to create an environment of trust, one that is less costly and less time consuming than litigation, and one that will lead to a fair settlement.
Given the process of collaborative law and its commitment to healthy resolution, it’s easy to see how mediation helps individuals and families involved in custody disputes reach a complete settlement.
At Shepard, Plunkett, & Hamilton, LLP, we provide a full range of services, including those for individuals and families. We value collaborative law and mediation that allows us to reach a detailed and complete resolution for your case. A favorable result for your case is important to us, and we will work diligently on your behalf. Call our office today for a consultation regarding your child custody case.
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