Kansas City & Johnson County Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney
The decisions reached infamily lawmatters have a long-lasting impact on the adults and children involved. Why trust a judge, who doesn’t know you or your children, to make these important decisions for you? With the right kind of help and support, you can reach agreements with your former partner.
What is the Difference between Mediation and Collaborative Law
Divorce Mediation: As an attorney mediator, I do not represent either side in a legal capacity. My role is to act as a neutral third-party assisting the two parties in reaching a settlement agreement. I can mediate whatever issues the parties desire. There are no restraints on the topics we cover during a mediation session.
Mediation is confidential so you can address concerns without fear that what you say in mediation will be used against you later. Additionally, as an experienced family lawyer I am able to provide realistic information during the mediation process so you will understand the legal issues and can make decisions that will be accepted by the divorce court judge.
Collaborative Law: This process is still somewhat new in Kansas. When couples choose to use the collaborative divorce process, they each have their own attorney and the four people sit down together to work out a resolution. If experts are needed to understand financial and business matters or the needs of children, the couple will agree on the expert to be hired.
The collaborative process is particularly helpful in cases involving high assets and when there are significant differences in the partners’ understanding of assets.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Law
Cost Effective: Mediation is generally faster and more cost-effective than divorce litigation. While collaborative law is more expensive than mediation, it is also usually less expensive than taking a case to court.
Goal Oriented: The process of mediation and the skills of the mediator can help focus the parties on the issues and create an environment where decision making becomes possible despite the emotional nature of the issues.
Sensitive to Relationships: If you have children, you will be in a co-parenting relationship with your former partner for years to come. A difficult fight in divorce court can make that continued relationship very difficult. Mediation or the collaborative process can help couples learn how to negotiate together respectfully.
A Creative Process: Mediation and collaborative divorce allows couples to reach divorce agreements, child custody and parenting time agreements, and support agreements that fit their unique family needs. A judge cannot help you do that; an attorney mediator can.
If you have questions about whether mediation or collaborative law will work for your specific family law situation, contact my office to schedule a visit.
*** The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Nothing in this website establishes an attorney-client relationship between Valerie L. Moore and the viewer.