On TV, divorces typically end in dramatic courtroom battles. In real life, most divorces are resolved out of court, through agreed settlements.
The reasons for doing this are simple: Divorces settled in negotiations almost always take less time, cost less money, and result in less emotional strain on both parties than divorces that are contested in court.
Without a judge calling the shots, parties retain control of their destinies and can decide what is best for them. This often results in greater long-term satisfaction for both parties than that yielded by the results of a trial.
Settlements When Possible, Litigation When Necessary | Collaborative Law Attorneys
Sometimes divorcing spouses prefer a settlement, but are unable to agree on important issues concerning division of assets, child custody and visitation schedules, alimony, and other issues.
This is where a mediation or collaborative process facilitated by Attorneys can be of great benefit. From our offices in Owasso and Tulsa, Oklahoma, we help divorcing spouses throughout the Tulsa metro to resolve difficult issues through alternative dispute resolution instead of divorce trials.
Our attorneys are trained in mediation and collaborative law techniques. They are also seasoned family law lawyers with many years of experience in litigation, negotiation, and working in the family court system. We are qualified to mediate family law disputes in Oklahoma, and we have helped many clients to save money, time and heartache by reaching mutually satisfying settlements.
How Do Mediation And Collaborative Law Work?
Mediation is different from traditional negotiations in that an impartial third party oversees the discussions. This third party, known as a mediator, has been specially trained to help opposing parties find common ground. Mediations usually end with the mediator making recommendations that can form the basis for a settlement.
By contrast, collaborative law involves attorneys for each spouse working together to negotiate a settlement instead of opposing each other as adversaries, as would happen in a normal divorce lawsuit.
Our attorneys can use either method – independently or in concert with your spouse’s attorney – to seek a divorce settlement that serves your needs and those of your children.