Roy M. Bowes and Associates
Attorneys At Law
Offices in Gretna and Covington,
Serving the New Orleans Metro area
and the Northshore.
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A dignified alternative to litigation for families addressing:
- Child Custody/Visitation
- Spousal Support/Child Support
- Property Division
Because it ends a marriage, divorce can be a painful experience. But there is no denying that divorce is also a new beginning. Recognizing this, many individuals have sought a more constructive way of divorcing. For them, Collaborative Practice (Collaborative Law and Collaborative Divorce) has been the answer. It promotes respect, places the need of the children first and keeps control of the process with the spouses.
Unlike conventional divorce, Collaborative Practice offers you a team of skilled and compassionate professionals. Each an expert in their own fields, the team members help you manage the many aspects of divorce – the legal issues, the emotional turmoil, the concerns for children and the financial and property questions. With such support, you’ll feel more in control of the divorce process itself, and better equipped to begin a new life afterwards. You’re invited to explore Collaborative Practice, a different way of divorcing that can help you make a healthy, hopeful transition from one stage of your life to the next.
If you and your spouse/partner have an interest in assisting your family through the divorce process pursuing a conventional divorce or using a collaborative team, please call Roy M Bowes and Associates for more information at 504-368-2700
Though Collaborative Practice seeks to avoid going to court, the settlement is still a legal agreement. Therefore, it is essential that a lawyer be involved to advise you on all matters of law, from child custody and support to maintenance agreements to financial settlements and property distribution. Collaborative lawyers have made a commitment to the unique practice of the collaborative model.
Divorce is a major life transition; while it marks the end of one part of your life, it is also the beginning of another. A divorce coach helps you manage the pain and strain of changing relationships, while focusing on goals for the present and future. Working with you to make the most of your strengths, your divorce coach assists you in being at your best during the divorce process, then taking positive steps to a new life.
The divorce settlement will in part determine your financial well-being for many years to come. It is critical that it be soundly structured, especially if your spouse assumed more responsibility for your family’s finances. The guidance of a financial consultant will help protect your interests. Reviewing all assets and incomes, the financial consultant will assist you in developing viable financial options for your future. Evaluating the choices, you and your lawyer can then construct a comprehensive plan for the next stage of your life.
Children may suffer most from divorce, and be least able to understand or express their feelings. Their world is being turned upside down in ways that they cannot begin to comprehend. Communication with parents may be difficult, if not impossible. A goal of Collaborative Practice is to assure that children are a priority, not a casualty. The child specialist, an individual skilled in understanding children, will meet with your children privately, assisting them in expressing their feelings and concerns about the divorce. Encouraging children to think creatively about the future, the child specialist then communicates their feelings, concerns and hopes to the team to consider when planning for the children’s lives.
The Benefits of the Collaborative Approach are:
Creates a cooperative and non-adversarial environment
Addresses the family’s questions and concerns
Creates an equitable co-parenting plan
Preserves the dignity and self-respect of the parties
Promotes effective use of time
Allows the parties to retain control of the process
Reduces conflict, anxiety and uncertainty
Addresses interim and long-term solutions
Promotes the most effective uses of financial and emotional resources
Call Roy M Bowes and Associates 504-368-2700