As a family law attorney, I care deeply for my clients and the results I assist them to achieve. The truth is, termination of a marriage is an extremely difficult event to navigate. There are numerous options and paths one can choose to terminate their marriage. Each of these options have pros and cons. However, among all the different paths, there is only one that is best for most families faced with this difficult time—the Collaborative Process. Throughout my career, my clients that chose the Collaborative Process universally came away with better, more satisfactory results when compared to clients that chose a different path. Why is this? The answer is threefold. First, in the Collaborative Process we focus on resolutions that achieve our clients’ goals and interests (rather than simply what a court/judge would mandate). Second, this process allows experienced family law practitioners to “put away their swords” and work together to arrive at creative resolutions to unique problems. Third, and most importantly, the clients have total control over the process and the final outcome.

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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