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No. In a collaborative case, the parties make a commitment to resolve their issues without going to court. Rarely, where the parties are unable to reach a settlement, court involvement may be necessary. If the collaborative process is not successful, the current collaborative attorneys must withdraw and the clients will then secure attorneys to go to court with them.
A divorce or child custody case with few issues may cost as low as $799 per person. If the case is more complex and involves several unresolved issues such as spousal support, custody, child support or propery division, we will discuss the projected cost at our initial free 30-minute telephone conference.
It lasts until the parties reach an agreement on all the issues. It can be as short as a few days if the parties agree to a settlement. More complicated cases may require additional meetings, or involve other collaborative professionals. Your collaborative attorney can advise you in more detail about the time frame for your specific case.
You and your spouse make a commitment to each other and your family TODAY that you will approach divorce in a positive and respectful manner which will minimize the negative impact on you and your children. Contact us. Divorce can be the worst experience of your life, or it can be a transformative experience where you can chart a course for well-being and family .
No. The rules of ethics as issued by the Iowa Supreme Court restrict an attorney from representing both parties in a family law case.
We are independent attorneys and are not members of the same law firm. However, we share an interest in helping people resolve their family law disputes amicably and economically.
If both spouses are open to the collaborative process then the case can be transitioned to a collaborative format from the traditional adversarial format. If collaboration does not produce a settlement, you can return to the adversarial format. We can discuss with you whether the case is suitable for the collaborative process.
Creating a long-lasting plan for your family is imperative to a successful life both emotionally and financially after divorce. The Collaborative Law Process provides an opportunity to take control, make decisions, consider financial options, and create a durable plan that will secure the future of your family.
The parties will provide and exchange all of the financial information at the beginning of the process, and throughout, as necessary.
The parties, if they choose, may employ a financial specialist who works with the couple to: provide on-going, practical financial guidance, planning, support, and budgeting advice throughout the divorce process; assist with the discovery process by gathering and organizing documentation and information relating to the parties' incomes, expenses, assets, and debts; make sure that both parties have a thorough understanding of their current financial situation; and educate the clients regarding the short and long-term economic consequences of settlement plans being considered so as to enable them to make fully informed decisions and choose what is most appropriate for their situation.