I strive to bring innovation and empathy to my practice. I practice exclusively in the area of family law and always emphasize negotiation and peaceful resolution with the goal of helping families transition into their new normal with dignity and direction. I am trained in collaborative divorce and as a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of the children. I understand that divorce does not sever a family, but merely changes its dynamic. I am licensed in both Kentucky and Ohio.
Kathleen S. Shields, Esq.
Law Office of M. Erin Wilkins, LLC
510 Washington Ave.
Newport, KY 41071
Our Collaborative Team & Resources
The Collaborative Process, even though avoiding court, still involves a legal agreement. Therefore, your Collaborative Attorney will be there to advise you on all matters of law.
The Collaborative Process involves a detailed review of all assets and incomes. Certified Financial Specialists will assist you in evaluating and analyzing financial options for your future financial well-being.
Mental health professionals help you manage the stress of changing relationships and being at your best during the Collaborative Process. They work with children to understand and express their feelings.
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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