Dove Fretland & Van Valkenburg – Minneapolis Collaborative Lawyers
Collaborative law offers parties in divorce and child custody disputes the opportunity to craft their own family law solutions in private settings, on their own timetable. To schedule a consultation on divorce, child custody, spousal support, or post-decree modifications in Minnesota, contact our Twin Cities collaborative law attorneys.
Divorce • Alimony • Spousal Support • Child Custody and Visitation • Child Support
The Minneapolis collaborative law attorneys of Dove Fretland & Van Valkenburg offer experienced, zealous counsel and representation through all phases of family law settlement negotiations.
The reduced need for litigation may be one result when custody, property division, and support disputes are kept out of family court. However, the greatest advantage of collaborative law is the ability of families to determine their own outcomes. Judges and juries do not determine when parents see their children, who keeps the vacation home, or who will be caregiver of beloved pets.
Experienced Collaborative Law Attorneys, Member of Collaborative Law Institute
As members of the Collaborative Law Institute, lawyers of Dove Fretland & Van Valkenburg stay updated on best practices in collaborative law. Both sides in collaborative law sessions are represented by their own attorneys. Each participant -- each client and each lawyer -- is committed to staying out of court, and walking away with a solution that works for a particular couple or family.
Collaborative law does not magically eliminate areas of conflict between spouses who are divorcing or parents who are separated. However, it has been shown that when collaborative law techniques are employed en route to a divorce or child custody resolution, participants are less likely to return to family court later.
Parents who will share joint custody have a particularly strong motivation to succeed through collaborative law. As mothers and fathers of the same children, their need to communicate reasonably and civilly with each other after a divorce or custody decision is finalized will be ongoing.
Collaborative law fosters methods of reasonable communication for the benefit of children that go on long after settlement negotiations are over. Participants learn new skills for talking to teach other with a focus on children's welfare that both parents agree is vitally important.