MEDIATION AND COLLABORATIVE LAW
Going to court can be intimidating, and in most cases, it has become commonplace, if not mandatory, for courts to order parties to mediation before their cases will be set for trial. The majority of the time, this is a positive step.
At Zahn Family Law, we take time to thoroughly prepare for each mediation as thoroughly as if the case were going to trial in order to achieve the best possible result for our clients. Mediation allows parties to determine what their agreement will be without a judge who doesn’t know their circumstances making final decisions about the parties’ lives and children. It is confidential, non-confrontational, far less expensive and much less emotionally trying, than the stress of going to trial to resolve a case.
Collaborative Law is a process in which the parties’ and their attorneys sign an agreement not to go to court for any reason while the case is pending. Everything accomplished is done so by the agreement of the parties, with the assistance of their respective attorneys, a financial professional and a mental health professional during a series of meetings. These meetings may take place over weeks or months, depending upon the needs of the parties and the nature of the issues involved.
It takes a certain mentality to effectively represent a client in a collaborative case. The tactics of “Rambo” attorneys are not effective in resolving a case by collaborative law means. Instead, a firm understanding of the legal and practical ramifications of a party’s decisions and behaviors during a case are far more valuable to a client than a “pit bull” mentality. We have years of experience handling collaborative law cases. We know what it takes to effectively work through this process and when it is appropriate and feasible to employ a full team of mental health and financial experts. A collaborative law case can be a lengthy process, but for many people, it is worth the positive outcome.