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A Better Way to Divorce in Ohio

For many couples, separation or divorce is one of the most difficult and defining events in life, involving intense feelings of grief, pain, anger, guilt, sadness, and more. Such feelings are hard to avoid in a transition often defined by loss, anger, conflict, betrayal, and financial struggle. Children as well as parents can experience these emotions. The collaborative divorce process gives all parties involved in divorce the resources, support, and assistance needed to resolve the matter with dignity and humanity in a private setting outside of the conventional courtroom trial.

The Win Win Divorce, otherwise known as Win Win Divorce helps families identify and manage all aspects of the divorce process with professional guidance. 

This guidance addresses and promotes the following: 

  • Emotions that may interfere with good decision-making
  • Immediate financial needs as well as financial planning for the future
  • The development of effective communication skills for co-parenting and problem-solving going forward
  • The creation of parenting plans 
  • The completion of all necessary legal steps and paperwork

Our organization brings together a wide array of professionals to help you solve difficult problems that arise in the separation and divorce process. Our members complete appropriate training and are skilled at working with families to resolve conflict through collaboration as opposed to litigation. 

What We Do

At Win Win Divorce, we strive to educate the community about the collaborative process so that you understand that you have options when it comes to divorce.

Our other focus on training ensures that the professionals who make up your team have the resources to help you move through the process as smoothly as possible.

We are not just lawyers, but also financial professionals, mental health practitioners, and real estate appraisers. All our members have attended basic collaborative law training, and most have invested time and energy in advanced training. All our members have also had mediation training.

Our organization has developed a framework over the years to provide consistency in the services we provide to families making difficult decisions about property division, child custody, and child or spousal support. The training requirements we have implemented set our member professionals apart from others in central Ohio who may claim to practice the collaborative family law process. 

Want to learn more about how Win Win Divorce can help you in resolving your divorce? Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our divorce professionals at our Columbus office by contacting us online or at (614) 505-4530

The Collaborative Team

Our goal is to provide you with the right professional knowledge from the beginning. This is a cost-effective and productive way to deal with any issue and to support your family through a divorce or separation. Collaborative team professionals function as a team to understand how all the issues — parenting, financial, relational, and legal — intersect at any given point in the process.

Teams consist of the following professionals. 

Attorneys (each client has an attorney)

Attorneys:

  • Provide legal guidance, counsel, and advice to their respective clients
  • Support clients in resolving areas of dispute
  • Cooperate with other collaborative team members to guide clients through the process
  • Share power and authority with all team members, recognizing the unique skills that each professional brings to the process
  • Work with both clients and the other attorney to create legal documents necessary to complete the process
  • Are professionally licensed as attorneys

 

Neutral Financial Specialists (one per team)

These experts: 

  • Provide neutral financial education and guidance to both clients as needed
  • Assist clients in developing budgets to meet their monthly expenses
  • Assist clients in allocating income to meet the family’s needs while minimizing the tax impact
  • Identify and provide alternatives to value assets and liabilities
  • Help create options for the division of assets and liabilities
  • Help resolve areas of conflict around financial matters
  • Share power and authority with all team members, recognizing the unique skills that each professional brings to the process
  • Are professionally licensed in their individual practice areas

Neutral Facilitators/Family Coaches and Neutral Child Specialists (one per team)

These specialists: 

  • Facilitate communication during team meetings
  • Keep the process moving forward
  • Keep the parties talking at the table (which may require separate meetings with the parties and the coach in between full team meetings)
  • Assist the parties in developing new and effective ways to communicate going forward
  • Provide neutral guidance and education to parties (or parents)
  • Help parents create “we statements” to talk with their children about the divorce or breakup
  • Meet with parents (and sometimes children) to obtain developmental information, identify family strengths, and identify goals to meet children’s needs
  • Work with any coaches to strengthen parents’ co-parenting relationship
  • Give feedback to parents and professional team members about children’s needs
  • Assist parents in the creation of a developmentally responsive parenting plan
  • Share power and authority with all team members, recognizing the unique skills that each professional brings to the process
  • Are licensed as mental health professionals

Why this works

At first glance, it may seem as though more professionals are involved in this process than necessary. However, contested divorces often involve “battling professionals” hired as expert witnesses — mortgage consultants, financial consultants, business evaluators, custody evaluators, etc.

A collaborative team will always have two lawyers on it, one for each spouse. The number and type of allied professionals brought into a given case are determined by the facts and situation in each case, but typically involve one neutral financial specialist and one neutral facilitator.

Find Out More

If you believe the collaborative approach might work for you or to get more individualized counsel about what it might look like in your situation, please send us an online message or call a team member today. 

  • We provide comprehensive and ongoing training for collaborative professionals.
  • We provide a team of professionals to assist in the collaborative family law process.
  • We provide in depth information about the collaborative family law process to our clients.

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