Kansas City Metro Area Lawyer Practicing Collaborative Law
Collaborative divorce is a growing trend in the area of family law. It enables couples to work together to resolve their divorce issues, thereby saving time, money and the emotional strain of a prolonged divorce.
At the Law Firm of Kevin Stuart Cavanaugh, in the Overland Park, Kansas area, I represent clients who wish to pursue divorce through collaborative law. With more than 25 years of experience as a family law attorney, I have the knowledge, skill and resources to guide you through the entire divorce process.
Contact my office to arrange a free initial consultation. For your convenience, appointments are available outside of regular business hours, including evenings and weekends.
What is a Collaborative Divorce?
In a traditional divorce, each party obtains their own legal representation and matters such as spousal maintenance/alimony, child support and child custody are resolved in court. This can prove to be a highly contentious and stressful process. However, if a couple is willing to work together to resolve these divorce matters outside of the courtroom, they may be good candidates for a collaborative divorce.
In a collaborative divorce, each side retains their own attorney and all participants sign a contract stating that they agree to work amicably and openly with one another. Through a subsequent series of negotiations, a mutually acceptable agreement is reached regarding:
- Property and debt division
- Alimony/spousal support
- Child custody
- Visitation and parenting time plans
- Child support
In the event negotiations fail, the attorneys cannot continue to represent the separating spouses. In fact, each side will have to retain new representation and move the matter to court.
Why Choose Collaborative Divorce?
If you and your spouse are willing to work together, collaborative divorce allows you to control the outcome of your case. Important family decisions will not be left to a judge who does not truly understand your unique needs.
In addition, a collaborative divorce preserves familial relationships, and saves you both time and stress. Collaborative divorce is also more cost-effective than traditional divorce, as it allows you preserve more funds needed to begin your new life.
Collaborative divorce is a viable option for many couples. Contact me to discuss whether collaborative divorce or a more conventional method of marriage dissolution is right for your situation.