Should you and your spouse agree to use the services of a mediator, I will provide you with a referral, assist you in the completion of your financial statement and act as your advisor or consultant through the mediation process. Once you have reached agreement on all issues, I will meet with you to review the draft Separation Agreement and make sure that you fully understand all of its terms.
You and your spouse may agree to commit to the collaborative law process. In that event, I will work together with you, your spouse and his or her collaborative lawyer through a series of meetings to exchange financial disclosure, generate options for resolution and draft the terms of a final Separation Agreement.
Neither of these two options may be well suited to your unique situation. In that event, conventional negotiations generally commence with an exchange of correspondence between counsel for each party. Negotiations follow after the exchange of financial disclosure and may involve the exchange of offers to settle or four way settlement meetings. Again, the goal is agreement on all issues and the documentation of that agreement in a final Separation Agreement.
In some cases, you may have no option but to seek the assistance of the Court to resolve some or all of the issues arising from the breakdown of your marriage. In that case, I will draft the necessary documents and work with you to prepare your financial statement. I will attend all required conferences before the court with you and advocate for you in all court proceedings.