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Collaborative Divorce

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Divorce is one of the most emotionally and financially stressful events that can occur in a person’s life.  Traditional litigation only adds to these stresses – the parties are adversarial, conflicts can escalate, trips to the courthouse add up, and so do high attorney fees and other costs. In collaborative divorce, both parties sign a contract where they agree to resolve issues arising in their divorce without litigation. They commit to honest collaboration from start to finish.

Our lawyers work to minimize conflict, protect children and move things along as quickly as possible.  We do this by employing cooperative and collaborative law techniques whenever possible.  Such techniques are non-adversarial, providing an alternative to bitter court battles and orders issued by judges who may not know your circumstances thoroughly.

We are local leaders in collaborative law.  Our Certified Collaborative Attorneys use their experience and training to help people resolve issues relating to:

  • Spousal support and alimony
  • Child custody and placement (visitation)
  • Child support

Another difference is who is involved. A collaborative divorce, is comprised of a team; attorneys, psychologists, financial specialists and child specialists. This eliminates some emotion and allows for long-term, rational resolutions. The parties have his or her attorney to guide them through the process. The two spouses and their lawyers meet together and discuss settlement in four-way meetings. Psychiatrists, child coaches, financial experts and other experts may join the meetings as needed. In this setting, the couple can reach creative solutions that fit their unique circumstances.

Collaborative Divorce is an alternative method of navigating the divorce process.  In a collaborative divorce, both parties hire a trained collaborative lawyer and other collaborative professionals as needed to work together in an out-of-court, problem-solving, non-adversarial process. Both parties and their lawyers enter into a binding collaborative agreement, which include terms such as:

  • Both parties/lawyers agree to voluntarily disclose all relevant information (financial or otherwise);
  • Both parties/lawyers agree to proceed respectfully and in good faith in settlement negotiations;
  • Both parties/lawyers agree to refrain from the threat of proceeding to trial; and
  • Both parties/lawyers agree if the parties cannot come to a complete agreement and need to proceed to a traditional divorce trial, both LAWYERS must withdraw from the case and are disqualified from representing either party.

In the collaborative process, the parties and their professional team communicate and negotiate directly with one another in a structured settlement process. The collaborative process is designed to allow for innovative solutions and approaches to assist parties in reaching a settlement.

Thus, the collaborative process can be narrowly defined as two clients and two lawyers who have made a formal written agreement to adopt a collaborative approach and not to submit contested issues to the court. Other potential team members/professionals include mental health professionals (divorce coach for each client), a child specialist (neutral party to assist with custody/placement issues) and a financial specialist (neutral party to assist with support, maintenance, division issues).

Collaborative practice in family cases at its best is a flexible process in which professionals from other disciplines are incorporated as team members to maximize the benefit for families. It is a common response from people looking into the collaborative process to say: “with so many professionals involved, collaborative divorce must be expensive.” Divorce actions, regardless of whether they are collaborative or the traditional “versus” case, can be expensive. However, compared to a traditional divorce, most cases do not return to court on post-judgment issues. Parties who proceed through a traditional, adversarial divorce, are more likely to return to court for post-judgment issues (and incur substantial legal fees) than parties who choose the collaborative method of divorce.

At Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates, S.C., our firm is trained in the collaborative divorce process and are certified members of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin – DO NOT HIRE A NON-TRAINED COLLABORATIVE LAWYER FOR A COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE – Contact Us today to schedule a free telephone or in-person initial consultation to meet with our collaborative divorce/family law attorney.

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Beyond Expectations

My husband had never been in any legal trouble before and we didn’t know what to do or what the process was. Attorney Kaehne was very upfront and willing to explain every step of the way. My husband can be very skeptical when it comes to trusting people with his best interest, but Attorney Kaehne always remained professional and helpful. My husband was facing the possibility of years in prison and Attorney Kaehne was able to get the matter dismissed. He will always be our first choice!

The Outcome was Far Better than I Expected

Attorney Kaehne always communicated with me on what was going on and his plans for future court appearances. The outcome of the case was far more better than I expected and am really pleased that Chad did what he did to get this issue resolved.

Treated like Family

Amazing people as well as amazing attorneys. I was always treated like family.

Not Guilty Verdict

Attorney Corey Mehlos gave my case the upmost attention. He worked very hard and many long hours on it. I was impressed with his dedication and his understanding to my wishes. Not Guilty verdict at my jury trial. I highly recommend him.

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One of the best things about this firm is that they are truly advocates for you in every sense of the word. They listen, affirm, and explain everything without all the jargon that can so often times come with anything regarding the legal cases. I felt supported and knew I was in good hands.

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The best lawyer you can hire for your case! Chad was extremely helpful and polite in answering all of my questions. I was even getting responses to my emails at 9 at night. He did a great job helping me get through the legal process. I recommend him to anyone needing a good lawyer.

Keen Sense of Justice and Honesty

Amaro is a very efficient attorney with extensive knowledge of the hispanic culture and language. He has a keen sense of justice and honesty. For the years I have know him he has proven to be a source of counsel. His clients will find his humble and cordial demeanor, appealing and refreshing. This is why I would recommend Amaro to everyone looking for legal advice.

Never Stops Working

An excellent attorney. Nicholas was very helpful with our case. He excelled at explaining complex legal concepts. Very accessible, we never had an issue getting an answer to a question. I don't think he stops working. Highly recommended.

Passion and Understanding for her Clients' Wishes

Attorney Cottle helped with my immigration case, she made the whole process much less stressful and you could tell she had a passion and understanding for her clients' wishes. Great experience, would highly recommend!

Available and Responsive to Needs of her Clients

Attorney Laborde shows professionalism in everything she does. She is a thorough lawyer who honestly cares about her clients and represents them to her full ability. She makes herself available and is responsive to the needs of her clients. I would certainly recommend her family law services!

Over-the-Top Attorney

From my experience, Attorney Kelsi Cottle has been an over-the-top attorney. She keeps me apprised of my case, has answered my questions, and treats me with respect. She has been very efficient, handles things expediently, and I feel I am represented by a very sharp attorney who has my best interest in mind.