Collaborative Law offers options in family law disputes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Press Contact:
Amber Burton Small
JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC
11450 N. Meridian
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317.569.0770
Web site address: https://www.hardenjacksonlaw.com

CARMEL LAW FIRM ADDS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE TO ITS PRACTICE GROUPS
Child-friendly approach is changing the face of Family Law

CARMEL, IN – September 22, 2008 – Attorneys in the Family Law Practice Group of Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, PC recently completed training in collaborative law, a method of family law practice that stresses the interests of children and promotes cooperation among the parties rather than confrontation in the courtroom. Holly Wanzer, Elisabeth Edwards and Stephenie Jocham, a founding member of the firm, are also registered domestic mediators who are promoting awareness about this option for people seeking divorces or sorting out child custody and other sensitive issues.

Collaborative law is a relatively new form of dispute resolution, pioneered by Minneapolis family lawyer Stuart G. Webb. Primarily used in divorce as a means of resolving issues privately while minimizing conflict and bitterness, it is gaining in popularity. In collaborative divorce, the separating couple and their attorneys pledge at the outset to try to work things out through consultation and open communication, using lawyers and sometimes other experts to assist in the details. They all pledge in advance not to go to court or use the information shared in collaborative discussions in litigation. Parties have more control to work out settlement details and find creative solutions for their problems, which they understand better than any judge or third party. Positive outcomes are best reached through respectful communications, not courtroom battles.

Jocham, Wanzer and Edwards are members of The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, as well as the Collaborative Family Law Association of Indiana, Inc. which identifies professionals trained for collaborative practice. IACP’s members are lawyers, counselors, financial experts and others qualified to assist clients in reaching satisfactory outcomes without litigation.

JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, is a Carmel law firm providing personalized service with a responsive and compassionate approach. The practice assists clients in all areas of family law, adoption, mediation, business litigation and appeals. For more information, please contact Amber Burton Small at 317.569.0770, or visit https://www.hardenjacksonlaw.com. For more on collaborative law and its practitioners, go to http://www.collaborativepractice.com.
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