COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW - AN ALTERNATIVE
To: Potential Clients of Norman D. Levin, P.A.
From: Norman D. Levin, P.A.
Re: Case Processing Alternatives
Thank you for considering the law offices of Norman D. Levin, P.A. to represent your interest in your family law matter. In a few minutes you will meet with your consultation attorney to discuss your case. Please keep in mind that there is more than one way for our office to handle your case. Please make sure during your consultation to consider and discuss the following methods available to bring your matter to resolution:
Adjudicative Process - This is the traditional method of handling your case through the court system using formal discovery and trials for fact resolutions and resolution of disputes. This method is appropriate for cases where there is high conflict between the parties, anger issues, domestic violence issues and trust questions about one or both of the parties. Your lawyer can aggressively pursue your remedies or try less aggressive settlement techniques in this process.
Collaborative Process - This is a new method of handling your case through a cooperative working relationship with your spouse and both attorneys to work out an amicable resolution of all issues needed to reorganize your family and complete your dissolution. This method uses multiple meetings between the parties and the lawyers to make sure that both parties have full knowledge of the facts of their case and to draft an agreement resolving all issues without involving the Court save to enter the agreed upon Final Judgment. However, if it is not possible to enter into an agreement, both attorneys will resign from representation in the matter and the case will start over completely in the same matter as the Adjunctive Process presented above.
Mediation - This is a method where the parties and their lawyers will meet with a trained third party who will discuss each parties’ positions on the issues in your case and work to try to get an agreed resolution of some or all of the issues. This process is often used together with the Adjudicative Process, and use of this process may be required by the Court when participating in the adjudicative process above. It is intended to help people resolve their differences with reduced animosity and help to formulate a dissolution that is more appropriate to the situation and needs of the reorganizing family.
Please consider these methods and how you would like to have us proceed. Your consultation attorney will be happy to provide you with more information on these and other processes.