Achieving the results you desire is a three-pronged process:
1. Setting your goals
What do you want to protect?
In most divorces, a key goal is equitable distribution of assets. But by focusing immediately on who gets what, we may miss important opportunities to protect and maximize what is there. And in litigation, everything you own is fair game–yet playing by the court’s rules can make the results seem anything but fair. In Mediation and Collaborative Law, our goal is to create outcomes in which both sides walk away with their dignity, emotions and–yes–finances intact.
Outside the box: You might divide the use of a vacation property rather than fight over who gets it exclusively.
2. Charting your course
Managing assets, debt, and cash flow can be a challenge for any family; in a divorce, resources are often stretched further to support separate households–and the needs of children or elderly parents, or changes in careers, only complicate matters further. Yet choices must be made, and no one is in a better position to make them than you.
Even so, you will not be alone: I will help you face the complex problems, have the difficult conversations, and make the critical decisions.
In addition, my experience enables me to provide important information on the law so you can be sure you are making informed decisions.. If needed, we also can consult with financial planners, tax attorneys/CPAs, and investment managers to add even more value to the process.
It’s simple: Money you spend fighting is money from which neither you nor your children will benefit. Rather than risking your future security trying to win today’s battles, I will help you stay focused on preserving what you have. Together we will work to increase the size of your pie, instead of just fighting about how to divide it.
When you open yourself to new possibilities, you escape the traditional limits of asset distribution. We ask thoughtful questions in search of more effective answers. Mediation and collaborative law encourage creative problem solving where traditional litigation precludes it.
Bottom line: Together we will look at your situation from every angle to find creative solutions to maximize your assets.