Massachusetts Divorce and Collaborative Law
If you are facing the possibility of divorce, a child custody dispute, financial insecurity, or other issues surrounding a marital breakup, you need sound, intelligent advice now. The attorneys of Goldstein & Bilodeau, P.C. concentrate exclusively on domestic relations. Along with our associates and paralegals, we provide guidance and support to see you through this difficult period.
We are available to listen to you, answer your questions, and give you clear explanations of what your options are. We will show you how best to proceed, step by step. We will advocate for your rights with determination and will work with you according to your needs to help you find the best possible solution.
Getting Divorced? You Have Options
A Closer Look at Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Law
Couples often find the preliminary stages of the divorce process overwhelming because of the many issues they need to consider. Among these are questions about support, asset division, and children. Reaching agreement on these issues is almost never easy, and couples are often besieged with advice from well meaning friends and family, and articles such as this. The reason why this process can be so bewildering is because each situation requires a unique solution. Save the simplest cases, there are no standard resolutions. Thus, the guidelines of family law are intentionally flexible and lacking in clear guidance and rules. In light of this, couples must first understand their choices when getting a divorce. These include litigation, mediation, and collaborative law. Each approach has its advantages and its advocates. It is up to each couple to try to figure out what process suits them best, rather than focusing on specific solutions.
When should you choose collaborative divorce?
There are many law firms that limit their family law practice to collaborative divorce. Our firm does not. We offer a full range of services for divorcing people, including collaborative divorce, mediation and litigation advocacy, including trials in all courts in Massachusetts. We are committed to helping each client determine what approach is the most likely one to get them through the divorce process with the best outcome. We consider “best outcome” to include minimizing conflict and acrimony and maintaining post divorce relationships, in addition to financial results, which clients will sometimes make the mistake of concentrating on to the exclusion of other considerations. It is our belief that “collaborative law” optimizes the chances for a “best outcome” but it is not indicated in every case.