Stacey D. Mullins, Esq., a partner at Schuttler Greenberg & Mullins, has established a stunning record of success and achievement during her 20+ years as an attorney. Extraordinary dedication, intense case preparation, outstanding courtroom performance, and admirable integrity distinguish her work. Ms. Mullins emphasizes a team approach within her office and serves her client’s needs 24/7. A respected professional, she is always able to remain on close and amicable professional terms with the attorneys she competes against so fervently in court.
Litigation doesn’t mean that a divorce cannot be amicable, but the process of divorce often carries a win-lose mentality for the parties involved. A good (and often more efficient) alternative to traditional litigation is a collaborative divorce.
Collaborative divorce is an agreement between both spouses that they will cooperatively, with the assistance of their respective attorneys and perhaps other professionals, such as a financial consultant, negotiate a settlement of their issues without invoking the powers of the court system. The process involves a series of meetings and ultimately culminates with a signed agreement that is then submitted jointly by the parties to the Court for approval.
Advantages of a Collaborative Divorce
- Each spouse has more control over the outcome. Each spouse can voice their opinions and know that they will be heard.
- The spouses get to agree to settlement issues based on compromise and fair play (which includes absolute transparency) instead of having a judge make the final decisions that affect their lives.
- The process takes less time than litigation. The parties chose the time and place they meet instead of dealing with the timetable of busy divorce courts.
- There is far less stress and anxiety involved because the parties are playing a more active role in the divorce.
- The goal is to reach a settlement before anyone files papers in divorce court. Once a couple accepts a settlement, then a legally binding agreement is written and once signed by both parties the papers are filed in court for the approval of a judge.
- Each spouse knows that they worked together to make life easier for everyone. This is especially important as when there are children, young and even adults, that one day will have children of their own. A once married couple will always be part of a bigger family.
One downside to the collaborative divorce process is that, if either party wants to withdraw from the process and pursue traditional litigation, both attorneys and any other retained professionals must also withdraw and are prohibited from representing their clients further.
With well-trained collaborative attorneys and motivated clients, collaborative is a highly efficient process that most often produces agreeable outcomes for those involved.