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FAQ

Why do I need a lawyer if my spouse and I agree to settle issues amicably?

Even couples who agree to divorce amicably often need help resolving difficult financial and child custody issues. In collaborative divorce, each party is guided to an informed agreement by professionals experienced in the process. Having an advocate for the fair settlement of all issues can lead to a more satisfactory settlement to both parties and less emotional strife.

How is collaborative divorce different from mediation?

The mediator is a neutral while in a collaborative divorce each party as his/her own counsel whose role is to represent only his or her client. The collaboratively trained attorney provide legal advice to the parties, where the mediator cannot.

How much does it cost?

Collaborative divorce is often less expensive because the parties and their attorneys work in a productive, forward focused manner, which is not necessarily the case in an adversarial process. The emotional costs are lower as well.

Is this process for anyone who wants an uncontested divorce?

Generally, yes. However, the collaborative attorney will assess with his or her client as to the appropriateness of the process. 

What happens if an agreement is not reached?

If the parties terminate the process, they can choose another method of resolution. However, the collaborative attorneys cannot represent the client in a contested litigation.

Call 703.279.5140

Evening and weekend appointments are available under certain circumstances
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Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples are now free to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and same-sex marriages performed in other states are now recognized in the Commonwealth. This means that same-sex couples are now also free to divorce in the Commonwealth, provided they meet the jurisdictional requirements. This is a big, long-awaited step forward, however, some laws pertaining to divorce in the Commonwealth have yet to catch up, and if they are applied in the typical manner, the circumstances of divorcing same-sex parties may not be given the proper consideration. The attorneys at Reese Law Office can explore with you those areas of your case that may require more than what one may garner with a glance.

Mediation and Collaborative Practice continue to be superior processes in which to address the issues facing marrying, separating, and divorcing parties, same-sex or otherwise. Allow the attorneys at Reese Law Office to talk with you about pursuing your Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, and Separation and Settlement Agreements through Mediation or Collaborative Practice before resorting to other methods.

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FAQ

Why do I need a lawyer if my spouse and I agree to settle issues amicably?

Even couples who agree to divorce amicably often need help resolving difficult financial and child custody issues. In collaborative divorce, each party is guided to an informed agreement by professionals experienced in the process. Having an advocate for the fair settlement of all issues can lead to a more satisfactory settlement to both parties and less emotional strife.

How is collaborative divorce different from mediation?

The mediator is a neutral while in a collaborative divorce each party as his/her own counsel whose role is to represent only his or her client. The collaboratively trained attorney provide legal advice to the parties, where the mediator cannot.

How much does it cost?

Collaborative divorce is often less expensive because the parties and their attorneys work in a productive, forward focused manner, which is not necessarily the case in an adversarial process. The emotional costs are lower as well.

Is this process for anyone who wants an uncontested divorce?

Generally, yes. However, the collaborative attorney will assess with his or her client as to the appropriateness of the process. 

What happens if an agreement is not reached?

If the parties terminate the process, they can choose another method of resolution. However, the collaborative attorneys cannot represent the client in a contested litigation.

Call 703.279.5140

Evening and weekend appointments are available under certain circumstances
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What Our Clients Say

I felt she (Catherine Reese) met and exceeded all expectation.