MATRIMONIAL & FAMILY LAW

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As part of her matrimonial and family law practice, Harriette is known for bringing excellence, as well as experience, to her clients.  Her services include the preparation of pre/post‑nuptial agreements, separation agreements, contested and uncontested divorces, visitation agreements and support matters. When a prospective client needs representation in one of these areas, the focus of the initial consultation is on selecting the appropriate process.  That is, there are three processes available to clients to resolve their matrimonial or family law matters.  These areas are litigation, mediation and collaboration.

Areas of Representation

Litigation

Mediation

Collaboration

Litigation

Some matrimonial matters have situations that are better suited for traditional litigation.  When we consult with someone who has this type of matter, we refer this client toward a court controlled process.

Mediation

Harriette is an experienced mediator. This skill allows her to offer her services to those clients wanting to proceed in a mediated setting and effect an out of court resolution. That is, Harriette acts as a neutral mediator between the parties. As a mediator, she does not represent either party but is more like an “umpire” in the process. Most people want to avoid having to go to court to arrange their divorce. Mediation is the process that allows the parties to control their own solutions with the help of a neutral facilitator who structures the parties’ approach to the issues that must be addressed.

Harriette can also be retained to act as an advisor in connection with an ongoing mediation. It is important that a person enters the mediation process informed about the law; knowledgeable about the issues that need to be resolved; and having clearly identified their individual goals. In acting as your advisor, Harriette can facilitate your thinking about these matters. She has found that clients who enter the mediation process, with an advisor, tend to have better agreements.

Collaboration

Collaborative Practice can best be described as an interest based negotiation that occurs between the parties. This process is best suited for those who would like to proceed in a non litigational environment but who want attorney representation in that process and who want to create an all inclusive plan for how they will proceed as they enter the next phase of their life. The Collaborative Process can also be the method used to address pre/post nuptial agreements; domestic partnership agreements and conflicts which occur after a divorce.

In the Collaborative Process, the individuals will be informed as to the law concerning each issue; however, the law may or may not be the standard that the parties use to resolve issues between them.

As part of the Collaborative Process, each party’s attorney works as part of an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and financial neutrals. The health care professionals are licensed health care individuals that identify impediments to the process and/or raise certain emotional concerns that need to be addressed. The financial neutral assists the parties in analyzing current spending and saving practices and prepare future budgets for the two new households that will need to be supported.

In resolving family related disputes in the collaborative model, the parties are able to achieve results that are based on their mutual concessions and family’s shared interests.

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