Alternative Dispute Resolution

When people think of family law, they imagine dramatic courtroom scenes. But a great deal of real family law happens around a negotiating table. At Cross, Pennamped, Woolsey & Glazier, P.C., we have more than four decades of experience in alternative dispute resolution that keeps you out of the courtroom and takes you back to living your life.

What Is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative law, an emerging area of family law in Indiana, provides an alternative to litigation. The process offers a cooperative environment for parties to reach an out-of-court settlement agreement. With attorneys trained in the practice of collaborative law, Cross, Pennamped, Woolsey & Glazier, P.C., recognizes that many people and their children can benefit from a collaborative divorce and prefer it to a more adversarial approach.

An attorney from our law firm can talk to you about your options regarding collaborative divorce. We can help you determine if the collaborative process fits your specific situation and then proceed toward a successful final outcome on your behalf.

Contact An Indiana Collaborative Divorce Attorney

If you are interested in learning more about collaborative divorce, speak with an Indianapolis collaborative law attorney at Cross, Pennamped, Woolsey & Glazier, P.C. Please call us at 800-461-7459.

Understanding Collaborative Law

As the name suggests, a collaborative divorce involves collaboration between the divorcing parties as well as each party's respective attorney. A collaborative divorce is not ordered by a judge; rather, it is a choice that each party makes at the inception of his or her decision to divorce. It is a process whereby each party and his or her attorney agree to work toward resolution of his or her divorce through a settlement agreement, rather than litigation. The collaborative process contemplates an open exchange of information and joint approach to valuation. The parties may utilize, if needed, the same accountant, child psychologist, business valuation expert and other professionals to help guide them toward a collaborative resolution which can be more efficient and cost-effective when compared to litigation.

Indianapolis Collaborative Law Attorneys Guide You Through The Process

Almost all divorce issues are eligible to be resolved collaboratively, including complex property division as well as issues involving the children such as child custody, parenting time and support. When a divorcing couple with children arrives at cooperative custody arrangements, the children can benefit greatly. Often, the collaborative process can help to instill or reinforce cordial relationships between the parents. Our Indianapolis collaborative law attorneys work closely with you to understand your goals and effectively communicate and achieve those goals.

In those situations where the parties desire an amicable divorce, collaborative divorce may well be the means to that end. If parties choose to proceed with a collaborative divorce model, they and their lawyers agree upfront that they will resolve all issues by agreement, committing not to go to trial. The parties and their attorneys agree at the outset to resolve all issues through cooperation and negotiation.

If the parties are unable to reach a resolution through this process and desire to litigate in court, they then must both retain the services of different attorneys as the attorneys originally selected for the collaborative process are required to withdraw, thereby ensuring their commitment to the process.