Collaborative Law

Virginia Family Law Firm Represents Clients Through Collaborative Law and Mediation

When we counsel clients who are approaching divorce in Virginia, we often pose this question: "Do you envision a day when you would both want to be invited to your children's wedding?" Clients who are parents soon understand the idea that they will remain family members of the same children and grandchildren in spite of their own separation and divorce. It is a good idea for separating parents to learn how to peacefully revamp their relationship as "exes" of each other.

Contact our Virginia collaborative law attorneys Ann Brakke Campfield to learn more about the collaborative law process or for help determining if collaborative law might work for you and your husband or wife to reach a fair and timely divorce settlement.

Skilled Richmond Family Law Attorneys Helping You in Collaborative Law Divorce

One of the most effective paths to a peaceful resolution in Virginia divorce is the collaborative law process. In collaborative law, divorcing couples work together to meet mutually beneficial or at least mutually agreeable decisions on matters involving:

Couples who commit to following the collaborative law path agree to settle their differences out of court. They agree to fully disclose all assets. There is a policy of transparency and good faith throughout the divorce settlement negotiations. The parties agree to make cooperation and respect their guiding principles. This allows couples to reach a creative resolution rather than relegating decisions to a court.

Advantages of Collaborative Divorce

The payoff of the collaborative law process? Ideally, a divorcing couple arrives at an agreement that protects the interests of every member of the family. A divorce settlement agreement can be uniquely suited to a particular couple or family, taking into account assets and goals that are most important to each. Through collaborative law methods, couples can try to maximize retention of resources for family members and minimize attorneys' fees and tax liability.

In collaborative law, you and your spouse will meet with your respective attorneys for settlement agreement conferences. You may also engage additional professionals, such as child specialists or real estate appraisers. You will rely on one neutral expert rather than two separate advisors as you decide on a fair settlement.

Participants in collaborative law agree that if negotiations break down, they will need to begin the process again with new lawyers. This outcome is very rare with the collaborative cases.

At Barnes & Diehl, P.C., we have the experience to carry out collaborative law practice professionally and efficiently. We know how to use collaborative law to help our clients achieve their goals.

See also our mediation page to learn how a third party neutral can assist in resolving a particular dispute in your case.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation on Premarital or Post Marital Agreements

An attorney from Barnes & Diehl, P.C., is a valuable source of information and assistance for married couples who wish to keep control of their own divorce. Our team approach offers value and depth to the process of identifying and codifying key issues.

Talk to a Virginia attorney about how to reach a property division agreement through collaborative law methods or mediation. Contact us at our Richmond/Chesterfield, Henrico, or Hanover office today for a review of your options as you prepare to file for a Virginia divorce.