Courtroom battles are not always the best places to resolve family law issues. This is especially true for child custody and visitation disputes. After an emotional court trial, it can be difficult, if not impossible for parents to be respectful of each other and further cooperate for the sake of their children following an emotionally draining and continuous court battle.
Family Law Attorney Laurence Haines recommends more civilized, more amicable dispute resolution techniques such as divorce mediation and collaborative law divorce. Our goal is to help opposing spouses come to a fair settlement agreement without the emotional trauma and huge financial burdens of courtroom litigation and trial.
In divorce mediation, both spouses meet with an independent mediator who listens to their concerns and help them work toward an amicable agreement. Attorneys may or may not attend the mediation sessions however we will thoroughly prepare our clients for their meeting with the mediator. This way, you will be prepared. You will know what to expect, what to say and what not to say to the other party or the mediator. After a divorce mediation session, you have the option of accepting an agreement reached with the help of the mediator, or of proceeding to trial.
Some Issues are Simply Non-Negotiable
Sometimes disputes cannot be resolved through mediation, collaboration or negotiation. Here at the Law Offices of Laurence Haines, it is always our first inclination to attempt to settle differences outside of the courtroom. However, when a reasonable settlement cannot be reached without litigation in the form of a court trial, you can depend on us to fight for your rights and your interests in court.
If a family Law matter involves child sexual abuse, or domestic violence; those issues that are non-negotiable, we will move quickly and forcefully to protect you, your children and your best interests.