Virginia M. Riggs-Horton is an attorney with Schaffner Family Law, PLLC in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Prior to joining Schaffner, Virginia was a solo practitioner at her own firm. She has been licensed in Kentucky since 2008 and Ohio since 2009. Her practice has primarily focused on all aspects of family law. She has received training to serve as a guardian ad litem, mediator, and parenting coordinator.

The dissolution of a marriage and division of a family is generally the most trying times in a person’s life and is comparable to experiencing the death of a loved one. People feel an array of emotions including denial, anger, sadness and eventually, acceptance. There is nothing worse than litigating your life in front of a Court while experiencing these feelings.

Virginia believes that by using the collaborative approach, it provides her clients, and the family, the most positive and peaceful way to transition. Her goal with collaborative is, through working cooperatively with a team of professionals, to reach a non-litigious resolution, controlled by the clients, with as minimal conflict as possible.

My ex-wife and I completed our collaborative divorce last year. It was in Kenton County. The process worked very well. Most importantly, our children were not adversely affected by the divorce process. We were able to cooperate with regard to them throughout the process. Because of the Collaborative Process, we did not have to experience the months-long wait for court hearings that other couples experience. We were able to control the process, and work through our divorce more efficiently than in litigation.

Preparing for and attending a collaborative meeting in a divorce is much easier than preparing for and attending a court hearing.

Divorce is always challenging, but the Collaborative Process helped reduce the level of tension and anxiety for us, especially compared to other people I have known that did not do collaborative. We learned a process of communication that we still use to resolve issues with our children.

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