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I have enjoyed a traditional Family Law Practice including an emphasis on collaborative cases in both Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio for decades now. My Mission Statement is that, in my family law cases, I help people through a difficult time with courage, compassion and integrity. "Courage" provides strength in the face of pain or grief. "Compassion" is exercising concern for the sufferings of others. "Integrity" comprises honesty and strong ethical principles. I believe that collaborative cases provide the best opportunity to accomplish my mission for most clients. I litigate effectively when necessary, trying still to stay on mission. The collaborative process offers the potential to get spouses through their divorce with lessened stress, more privacy protection, and increased hope of a working relationship as needed after the divorce process is over. Named, "Best Lawyers" 2019- present. Named, “Leading Lawyer” in Family/Domestic Relations Law, 2006-present by Cincy Magazine. Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (www.AAML.org). Member, Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals ( www.collaborativelaw.com ).

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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