While family law cases are never easy, they do not need to be adversarial or emotionally damaging to the parties involved, nor does it need to be financially detrimental. Many people choose to navigate their family law case using the cooperative strategy of Collaborative Law, which supports the needs of the parties involved, including children, and seeks to completely eliminate expensive court costs and lengthy court battles. This can create a healthier transition for individuals and their children entering a new phase of life.
Collaborative Law is the process by which equally-represented parties, assisted by attorneys, maintain control of their situation by working together to resolve conflict and keep control of the major decisions that impact their family, instead of giving that control to the court.
The Collaborative Law process utilizes a team approach, which requires both parties to cooperate and agree to full disclosure of all relevant facts which may impact the case. Each party is represented by their own attorney, and other professionals may be utilized to help the parties understand and reach agreement on complex issues. It is the goal of the parties and their respective counsel to work together towards a settlement which supports the overall welfare of the family moving forward from divorce. This process promotes and maintains cooperation and civility rather than the litigious and adversarial tactics that often times control in a traditional family law case. Parties using the Collaborative Law approach often find that they can move towards an amicable resolution while maintaining control of the decision that impact them the most.
While it will not work for every case, Collaborative Law can a very effective and desirable alternative to the traditional litigation approach, provided everyone involved is committed to honest disclosure and cooperation. Our legal team will be happy to speak with you to determine if your case would be a good candidate for Collaborative Law.
Experience on Your Side
Chris Maharry has been practicing family law in the South Sound since 2003 and has vast experience with the collaborative law process. We understand that as families reorganize, it can be a challenging and difficult time, but it does not need to be litigious and damaging. It is our goal to bring our clients through the Collaborative Law process with efficiency, effectiveness, compassion and cost-sensitivity.
Managing Your Legal Separation Case in A Cost-Effective Manner
We focus our practice exclusively on family law. This narrow focus has allowed us to develop not only extensive knowledge in the area of family law, but also business practices making us as efficient as possible, which keeps our clients’ costs to a minimum while maintaining a high level of representation. We cannot guarantee the cost of fees involved in any legal case; however, all our work is performed with the goal of being effective and efficient.
Area of Coverage
We serve clients in the Collaborative Law process throughout the Pierce, Kitsap, South King, and Thurston County areas.