Experienced Cuyahoga County and Medina County Divorce Lawyer Is in Your Corner
Established Strongsville attorney handles mediation and collaborative divorce
For many people, the word “divorce” brings up feelings of isolation, tension and bitterness. It’s true that the process we usually associate with divorce tends to bring those things to the surface. At the Strongsville law firm of Karen J. Cameratta LPA, however, I am often able to help spouses in the Cuyahoga County and Medina County in Ohio dissolve their marriages in more productive and healthy ways. I have been practicing family law in Ohio for more than 25 years, handling thousands of divorces in that time. I have learned how nontraditional methods like collaborative divorce and mediation can result in higher satisfaction and, most importantly, happier parents and children.
Collaborative divorce: What is it? How does it work?
Simply speaking, collaborative divorce is a cooperative, solutions-based and private approach to resolving divorce and its related issues. The collaborative approach has many benefits, including the ability to manage costs better than in litigation, decreasing hostility and emphasizing problem-solving over “winning.”
Collaborative divorce is based on a few core features. These include:
- A commitment to out-of-court solutions — Both spouses and their lawyers sign an agreement to negotiate a divorce in good faith without resorting to litigation.
- Communication — Collaborative divorce involves face-to-face meetings and discussions, making it easier for the spouses to understand each other’s priorities.
- Team access — You’ll be able to work with financial advisors, divorce coaches, child specialists and other professionals who are all working toward a positive, satisfying result.
An important downside to collaborative divorce is that if it fails for any reason and the case goes to court, the attorneys for each spouse are disqualified from representing them. I am always available to discuss the collaborative process and how it has helped clients throughout Ohio during my career.
Resolving marital dissolution through mediation
Like collaborative divorce, mediation is an out-of-court method of reaching a divorce agreement. A neutral person — a mediator — facilitates negotiations and guides the spouses toward a settlement. The mediator does not provide legal advice and only the parties make decisions on how to resolve their case. Also like collaborative divorce, mediation allows the couple to resolve all issues related to divorce, including child custody, spousal support and child support.
Litigation may be the right path in your situation
While I believe in collaborative divorce and mediation, there are situations where in-court litigation is the right way to pursue a divorce. I am a highly experienced trial lawyer who has spent more than 25 years arguing cases in Ohio family courts. If your relationship is such that litigation is the best option, I will work aggressively and tirelessly to protect you, your children and your future in court.
Contact me for a free consultation with an Ohio divorce attorney.
At Karen Cameratta LPA, in Strongsville, Ohio, I offer a free initial consultation about your divorce. To make an appointment, call me at 440-238-1070 or contact me online.