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Northern Kentucky Collaborative Lawyer in Florence KY

In a traditional divorce proceeding, you and your spouse may go to court to fight over the issues most important to you. Often it becomes a difficult process which further complicates your transition after divorce into single life. The judge, who does not intimately know you and your spouse, will decide many of these issues. The divorce agreement often does not reflect what is best for either party or their children.

We at Hoffman Walker & Smith Attorneys at Law strongly advocate the process of Collaborative Law for divorce and custody issues. Collaborative Law provides both parties an option to avoid the bitterness and fighting involved in a traditional legal proceeding. In this process both parties and their counsel work together to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement in a more harmonious manner.

Collaborative Law is an ideal option for parties who want to achieve an amicable relationship after they are no longer committed to one another; yet can still commit to communicating openly and honestly, and wish to retain control over the outcome of their case rather than allowing the Court to decide. When young children are involved, collaborative law can provide your children with a smooth transition into being raised in a single parent home, and can help facilitate better future communication between you and your spouse regarding parenting issues.

What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Law over Legal Proceedings?

Collaborative law offers parties the following benefits over a traditional legal proceeding:

  • You and your spouse retain control over the entire process.
  • You can focus on the settlement without worrying about the threat of a long, bitter trial.
  • You will typically save a great deal of time and money compared to a case that requires extensive litigation.
  • You have the opportunity to negotiate an agreement that more closely represents the issues important to everyone in your family.
  • You provide an easier transition for your children at a very traumatic time in their lives.
  • The parties create an opportunity to maintain better lines of communication in the future, facilitating better parenting after the case.
  • You resolve your case with a greater degree of dignity and mutual respect.

What is The Collaborative Law Process?

In collaborative law, both parties are represented by an attorney. At the start of the process, both spouses and their attorneys sign a contract agreeing not to go to court. Instead, they negotiate a mutually beneficial settlement through a series of out of court meetings – as many as it takes to finish the case. If, for some reason, the process unravels and an agreement cannot be reached, both attorneys must withdraw from all future involvement in the divorce proceeding; however, both parties are free to find new counsel to proceed to court.

During the collaborative law process, you and your spouse will benefit from the advice and expertise of your attorney while removing the adversarial aspect typically found in a divorce. If needed, mediators, experts, and counselors may be included in the process. However, this is not required.

An Experienced Collaborative Law Attorney

The lawyers of Hoffman Walker & Smith Attorneys at Law are committed to providing you with the best representation for all of your family’s legal needs by presenting you with as many options as possible. While all of the attorneys at Hoffman Walker & Smith Attorneys at Law are able to represent you in any family law matter, only Greta Hoffman is certified as a Collaborative Law attorney, having taken extensive training and continued updates on the practice of Collaborative Law since 2004.

We at Hoffman Walker & Smith Attorneys at Law understand that, in some cases, a long and bitter trial is unavoidable during which we will fight to secure the best possible award for our clients. However, if at all possible, we will work with our clients to resolve their case in a more amicable manner that saves time, money, and heartache. In order to provide our clients with the best options to meet their individual needs, Greta Hoffman participates in collaborative law proceedings throughout the Northern Kentucky area.

To find out if collaborative law is the right option for settling your case, please contact collaborative law attorney Greta Hoffman, serving Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton counties, today to schedule a consultation at our Northern Kentucky office.


p. (859) 371-2227

7348 US 42, Suite 202, Florence, KY 41042

Hoffman Walker & Smith is located in Florence, KY and serves clients in and around Erlanger, Florence, Ft Mitchell, Burlington, Union, Hebron, Independence, Walton, Covington, Kenton, Latonia, Petersburg, Newport, Morning View, Verona, Fort Thomas, Bellevue, Silver Grove, Dayton, Boone County, Campbell County, Gallatin County, Grant County, Kenton County and Pendleton County.

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