collaborative FAMILY law
I am a Certified Specialist in family law, practicing
alternative dispute resolution (mediation and collaborative law) exclusively. I am committed to keeping clients out of court and at the negotiating table.
Before becoming a family lawyer in 1985, I was an illustrator and photographer, raising three children. Blending this background of creativity, caring and flexibility with my legal training enhances my practice of family law and expands the options for my clients.
How Can i Help You
I CAN HELP YOU WITH A MEDIATION or COLLABORATIVE case
I can serve as your mediator, as your advising attorney in a mediation, or as your attorney in a Collaborative case.
Mediation and Collaborative Practice are ways for you to resolve disputes respectfully -- without going to court. In both, settlement is the top priority. In mediation, an impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates the conversation and assists the negotiations of both parties toward settlement. In Collaborative Practice, your lawyers are present during the negotiation process, and you are encouraged to build a team of professionals to help.
Both Collaborative Practice and mediation rely on voluntary, free exchange of information and commitment to resolutions respecting everyone's shared goals. In both, the clients control the outcome and create the options for settlement based on their own standards of fairness. Both processes are terminated if either of you resorts to litigation, so there is a great deal of incentive to stay out of court.
The guiding principle of both mediation and Collaborative Practice is respect. This respectful tone encourages you to show compassion, understanding, and cooperation. Mediators and Collaborative professionals are trained in non-confrontational negotiation, helping keep discussions productive. The goal is to build a settlement on areas of agreement, not to perpetuate disagreement.
I CAN HELP YOU CREATE AN AGREEMENT
Mediation and Collaborative Practice are ways for you to create agreements, even where there is no dispute.
I can help you create a marital settlement agreement, a premarital agreement, a post marital agreement, a cohabitation agreement or a parenting plan.
WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY:
"Dear Jennifer: I'm writing this letter to formally thank you for representing me...with your straightforward tact and sympathetic understanding you were able to ease my "scares" and concerns. I thank you for being a "friend" through it all. You displayed humor, honesty, dignity humility and compassion during this ordeal...once again my most sincere—thanks, S.
"Dear Jennifer: You are a wonderful person and a terrific attorney/mediator. Without your deft skill, warm style and experienced perspective, we couldn't have made it. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us during the most difficult time in our relationship. You are a gem.
—Warm regards, T.
"Dear Jennifer: I just wanted to thank you for being my divorce attorney. I really felt very supported by your work, your presence and understanding. Sincerely, E
"Jennifer: Thank you so much for the spectacular job you have done for me. I'm very pleased as well as relieved.—C.