It is important to know that you have options during the termination process of your marriage. Going to the courtroom to resolve your conflicts is usually not the best tactic, though Bobbie will professionally and diligently represent you in court if that is necessary. Bobbie is highly trained to negotiate your case before filing for divorce so that your marriage can be terminated with a dissolution instead of a divorce. She wants to help you make the transition as seamless as possible, or at least less stressful.

There are a number of methods that she has been trained to use that will put you in the best position for resolving your case without resorting to expensive and time-consuming litigation. These methods are usually less costly than having to go through a trial process in court. If couples are able to work toward a peaceful solution, the anger, hostility, and stress that is usually present with most divorce cases are greatly minimized. Bobbie remains conscious of the fact that every single case that comes through her door is different and she is incredibly dedicated to creating the case that is the best for you.

The following strategies can be used in almost all family law matters, including divorce and dissolution, child custody, third-party rights, paternity, and post-decree contempt or custody modification cases.

Mediation

Mediation involves the parties in dispute going to a neutral, third-party who will guide them through the discussions necessary to resolve their disputes without a court or judge making decisions for them. Sometimes a couple will resolve their disputes with a mediator and then seek the assistance of attorneys to draft the paperwork necessary for their final agreements to be approved by the court. Other times a case will be filed in court by one party or the other, and then the party will decide to go to a mediator to help resolve them reach a settlement on one or more of their issues. A mediator does not make decisions for the parties, but helps them have calm, respectful and knowledgeable conversations about the issues so that the parties are better able to make mutual decisions on their own.

Bobbie strongly encourages the use of mediation for many of her clients, and she has also served as a mediator in some cases. She has received advanced training in negotiation techniques and mediation strategies. Although Bobbie can be your mediator, she often works with clients to get the couple into mediation and then will work with her client to prepare the final documents to be submitted to the courts.

Collaborative law

Bobbie has been extremely involved in practicing and promoting the collaborative process for the resolution of family law issues. Although the collaborative process is most often used for divorce cases, the process can also be applied to other types of family law cases as well. The primary focus of the collaborative law is to bring together a team of professionals who work cooperatively, rather than adversarially, to assist the clients in reaching a complete resolution of all of their issues in a mutually beneficial and amicable way. These professionals include two collaboratively trained attorneys, one representing each client, and often a financial professional as a neutral for both parties, and a communications professional who helps the couple communicate productively rather than destructively. The focus of the team is for each party to work toward achieving their personal and individual interests as much as possible in order to meet their post-separation needs. The objective of the team is to help the parties resolve all disputes peacefully and to feel safe and respected when doing so. If for some reason that does not occur through collaboration and the parties end up having to litigate their case, none of the professionals involved in the collaborative case, including the attorneys, will be able to represent either of the parties in litigation.

Early Neutral Evaluation

Early Neutral Evaluation (or “ENE”) is a service where Bobbie would meet with both parties going through a termination of their marriage without representing one or the other. Bobbie would obtain then all of the financial and background information relative to the family’s circumstances and attempt to help the couple resolve the issues through mediation and negotiating techniques. If that is not successful and the couple requests, Bobbie would then suggest some fair and equitable settlement options based on his or her objective evaluation and experience. In this situation, Bobbie serves purely as a neutral professional and does not advocate as an attorney for either side. This is a favorable option for those who are willing and capable of settling matters peacefully but don’t fully understand the options for settlement, yet do not want to invest in a more expensive litigation process involving two attorneys and the court.

 

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