The vast majority of divorces and family law cases do not go to trial. In amicable divorces, custody, and parenting time cases, the parties exchange the information needed and cooperate to find solutions that work for all involved.
The benefits of amicable resolutions, whether they come from discussion, mediation, early neutral evaluations, collaborative law, or cooperative law, is that the parties control the process and the outcome. By working together, rather than depending on a judge to make decisions for them, families are often able to find compromises that work for all involved with less financial and emotional stress.
At Atticus Family Law, we will work with you to determine which amicable resolution processes will best serve you, your former partner, and your children, and guide you through the settlement process.
When an agreement is reached, we will prepare the papers, have them properly executed and filed, and then accompany you to your court appointment if one is required. Many amicable resolutions do not require a hearing, while others may require a simple review hearing where the written agreement is submitted to the judge. The judge makes sure that the agreement is fair, that the agreement serves the best interests of the children, that each party understands that they are bound by agreement, and that each party entered the agreement without undue pressure.
We do recommend that each party in an amicable divorce seek representation so that everyone feels that their interests are fairly represented. Divorce need not be litigious and adversarial – we can guide people through the process with amicability and dignity.