Carol Ann Fey Is Trained In Collaborative Divorce
Carol Ann Fey, Of Counsel, Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler LLP, has received special training in the art of principled negotiation. Carol has the knowledge and experience to explain all of the alternatives available to you to end your marriage and to help you determine whether the collaborative divorce process is appropriate for you.
The collaborative divorce process is a principled and respectful way to terminate your marriage. Rather than start by filing a divorce complaint in court, the collaborative divorce process allows you and your spouse, working as a team with both of your attorneys, to make all of the decisions about your divorce in four-way meetings that keep you involved in everything that happens. You and your spouse, with guidance from your attorneys, make all of the decisions that will impact your family now and into the future. Both of you agree to participate honestly and cooperatively to reach a settlement that you can both feel comfortable with. The entire process is designed to minimize negative economic, social and emotional consequences that can come with the termination of a marriage. Using collaborative law, you maintain control of your case.
The Collaborative Process
The collaborative process works best when the two attorneys are both trained to use it. A list of attorneys who have received this training can be found at www.winwindivorce.org. Once you and your spouse select trained attorneys, the four of you agree on how to proceed. Typically, a date is agreed upon for the first meeting, at which you review and sign the collaborative divorce participation agreement and agree on an agenda for the next meeting. In the meetings that follow, the parties work toward resolving issues by negotiating with the assistance of their attorneys and other professionals if necessary. Once the issues have been settled, the attorneys draft the agreement and documents (most likely for a dissolution of the marriage) required for filing with the court. A final hearing is then held for the parties to appear before a judge and affirm the agreement.