Understanding Pennsylvania Collaborative Law
Traditional divorce litigation is not for everyone. Some couples prefer alternative methods of resolving their issues. Mediation and collaborative law are two ways in which parties are allowed to execute their divorce without going to court and in a less stressful and often less expensive manner.
At Family Legal Center, LLC, we offer both mediation and collaborative law services to the individuals of Allegheny and Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. As a certified collaborative law attorney and certified mediator, Laura Cohen has extensive experience negotiating and mediating on behalf of clients. She will help you and your spouse work through the difficult elements of your divorce in an effort to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Not Your Traditional Divorce
Mediation and collaborative law can be attractive options for those wishing to make important decisions regarding child support, child custody and alimony without the court’s intervention.
Mediation: In a typical mediation proceeding, a divorcing couple will meet with our skilled mediator to try and come to a common agreement regarding the important issues in the divorce. The mediator does not act as an attorney, but instead works to facilitate decisions rather than make them.
Collaborative law: When you choose collaborative law to resolve your issues, you and your spouse will each have your own attorney. You agree not to go to court, and instead work together to reach an agreement. The goal is to obtain mutually beneficial solutions for the issues at hand. In collaborative law, your attorney will draw up documents and facilitate the proceedings.
These methods promote a framework that allows parties to effectively communicate their concerns and goals. This kind of communication is often lacking in a traditional divorce litigation proceeding. Our ultimate goal is to see divorcing couples come to an agreement without the intervention of a judge. When there are children involved, it is much easier to focus on their best interests when communication lines are open and amicable.
The laws in Pennsylvania recently changed. We can help you understand how this may impact your legal situation.