THE PUBLIC COURTROOM
The courtroom is crowded, the system overwhelmed with family law litigants. The courtroom is public and the process is governed by strict rules, procedures and protocols. You misstep and you may find yourself in front of an unhappy judge, glaring down at you. You might even be sanctioned; a monetary fine for failing to follow certain procedural requirements; your case dismissed, or your pleadings stricken.
Generally, documents you file to advance your family law case become available to the public. It is a simple process for anyone to obtain access to this public file, review it, and even make copies of your court documents! When your case is argued before a Judge in open courtroom, you may find yourself surrounded by curious strangers, neighbors, business associates, perhaps even your family doctor or your spouse's best friend, all observing while waiting for their case to be called. Your intimate family information and disputes laid out for all to observe, in a public place; the courtroom.
THE PRIVATE CONFERENCE ROOM
You do not need to go to court. You do not need to disclose your otherwise private family information with the public. Professionals trained in alternative resolution methods can assist you through the process, to reach settlement and obtain final judgments and court orders, without court intervention. Whether you need to divide your assets in a divorce proceeding, work out visitation and custody plans for your children, or reach a decision on spousal and child support, all of your family law issues can be handled and resolved in a professional manner, in a private setting, where you and your family maintain dignity and control.
The process of Divorce, addressing issues of property division, child custody and support orders, is often quite difficult and unraveling. The process itself can ignite and spike many emotions. Hurt may lead to anger, anger may lead to suspicion, suspicion often leads to accusations. Litigation attorneys are hired and all of a sudden you may be engaged in an ugly battle; a war zone in which you have lost control.