D’Angelo & Jones, LLP, can provide you with the following information regarding the different approaches to divorce that are available to you. At D’Angelo & Jones, LLP, the family law attorneys respect the sensitive nature of ending a marriage. It is our goal to represent our clients with the care needed to protect their long-term interests, both financial and emotional. We focus our representation on a cooperative approach with opposing parties and counsel recognizing that civility is often the key to effectively resolving issues in a divorce action.
Traditional divorce is the standard process of divorcing in which the parties through their attorneys follow Wisconsin civil procedure rules to reach a satisfactory resolution to a divorce. Similar to collaborative and cooperative law divorce cases, our attorneys focus their practice style on good faith negotiations and wholehearted attempts to reach a settlement while using the court resources as needed. The focus is to cooperatively approach cases while preparing for trial, if needed. Although a great majority of divorce cases settle without a trial, the traditional divorce model is necessary in those rare cases that do require the Court’s input in deciding issues when the parties cannot agree.
Collaborative divorce is the process of divorcing in which both parties and their attorneys sign a contract pledging to resolve all issues by agreement and without the involvement of the court. The emphasis in collaborative divorce is on finding mutually-agreeable solutions rather than engaging the Court for decision making. Collaborative divorce is a solutions-oriented procedure that often involves a multi-professional approach without engaging in protracted legal battles.
Cooperative divorce is the process of divorcing in which the parties and their attorneys commit to avoiding costly litigation and to conducting themselves in a respectful, civil and professional manner while promptly sharing all information and cooperating in good faith negotiations to reach fair compromises. Cooperative divorce is a settlement-based methodology that leaves open the possibility of litigation – if and only if – absolutely necessary.