Divorce and Dissolution

When a Frantz Ward Family Law client is certain their marriage is ending, we thoughtfully learn our client's unique circumstances and work together to determine whether divorce or dissolution would be the most suitable path.

Dissolution is a "divorce" settlement without court involvement in the decision. Dissolution allows the spouses to negotiate resolutions and avoid unnecessary litigation. Benefits include keeping sensitive information out of the public eye, which could otherwise be disclosed in court. We offer a variety of approaches to achieve these settlements.
  • Facilitated Negotiation allows our clients, through counsel, to engage in structured and strategized negotiations that can involve joint meetings, attorney discussions, and exchanged proposals to generate the necessary court documents.
  • Mediation allows the spouses to work together with one professional to uncover mutually-agreeable resolutions, which can minimize cost. While a mediator cannot provide legal advice, Frantz Ward is jointly hired to facilitate discussions, problem-solve solutions, and guide the parties through all (or specifically identified) issues.
  • Collaborative divorce promotes a team approach, confidentiality, and transparency. With counsel, the parties contractually agree to work together in "four-way" meetings, which offer the parties direct input, participation, and control over the timetable, agenda, discussions, and outcome.
  • Cooperative divorce offers flexibility and more choices than collaborative divorce. The participants contractually outline how they will conduct negotiations, and what will happen if the negotiations end in dispute. This process can involve a neutral evaluator, mediator, private judge, arbitrator, or limited litigation.
If dissolution is not achievable, we offer divorce litigation as the next best option to attain an end. Through thoughtfully drafted pleadings, we engage the court to determine the issues. Benefits include temporary support, parenting time orders, restraining orders, and the ability to issue subpoenas to obtain undisclosed information.
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