The breakup of a marriage is such a difficult and emotional time that it can be hard to make important decisions or truly understand their impact. Unfortunately, many divorce lawyers take advantage of their clients’ vulnerability and are more concerned with running up their billable costs than in negotiating a fair and timely settlement.
As a Divorce Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Practitioner, Lauren offers alternative solutions that are far less costly, time-consuming, and contentious than litigation, and provides a more amicable environment in which issues can be resolved openly.
Like mediation, collaborative divorce is a voluntary process in which all parties negotiate in good faith to come to a mutually satisfactory settlement. However, the parties are represented by attorneys who are specially trained as Collaborative Divorce Practitioners.
Another key difference is that collaborative divorce also addresses the emotional, financial and psychological issues of divorce. A team of professionals, including divorce coaches, financial planners and child specialists, are brought in as needed to provide support to all parties throughout the entire divorce process.
Lauren works with this collaborative team of experts in a series of multiple-party meetings to identify and resolve issues, including child support and custody, and work productively towards finding an agreement that satisfies the interests of all concerned. If no agreement is reached, new attorneys can be selected and the matter can be taken to court.
- Voluntary process.
- The parties do not need separate lawyers.
- Mediator facilitates the conversation but doesn’t judge or take sides.
- Mediator ensures all parties are heard and explains the law so that parties can make informed decisions.
- Voluntary process.
- Lawyers ARE present but seek to understand the perspectives of all parties.
- Involves a collaborative team of professionals to deal with the emotional, financial and psychological issues of divorce.
- An excellent alternative for those not comfortable divorcing without being represented by counsel.
Over 25 years of litigation experience
Litigated in state and federal courts around the country, as well as before governmental agencies.
Won numerous cases for high profile clients in retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and high tech.
Diversity of litigation practice areas
Commercial, intellectual property, and antitrust litigation; antitrust mergers and counseling.
Effective dispute resolution process for both business and personal legal matters that is much faster and less expensive than litigation.
Collaborative Divorce Practitioner
Less costly, time consuming, and adversarial process than court, while also addressing the parties’ financial and emotional needs.
Selected as a Super Lawyer for 8 consecutive years
Peer recognition award for professional achievement.