If you are contemplating divorce or actively going through divorce, you should consider a divorce workshop in Fairfax, Virginia. Divorce is a stressful and overwhelming process, but Cook, Craig & Francuzenko’s Second Saturday divorce workshop will give you the legal, financial, and emotional information that you need to make informed decisions about your marriage and life.
What You Learn in a Second Saturday Divorce Workshop
There are many benefits to attending a Second Saturday workshop. Overall, you can learn about the many ways to go about getting your divorce: from collaboration, uncontested, contested litigation, and/or mediation, there are many options and paths that your divorce could follow. You will also learn how all those paths are not mutually exclusive and could branch off from each other.
This is the typical Hollywood and media portrayal of divorce. One spouse files an adversarial divorce action, both spouses hire a lawyer and you go to court. Your lawyer represents you and your best interests regarding child custody, child support, property division and more, and you may – but don’t necessarily – “fight it out” in front of a judge.
During the mediation process, the spouses meet with a neutral party, who does not represent either spouse. A mediator’s job is not to advise the parties, but to facilitate communication and assist with conflict resolution. They will ask questions and guide discussions to help the couple make their own decisions about the necessary divorce decisions. The parties may meet a mediator with or without the presence of their own attorney(s), based on their joint preference, but in most cases, each is encouraged to confer with their own attorney before signing a mediated agreement.
Mediation can occur before, in lieu of, or during a “litigated” divorce; often, mediation resolves disputes before there is ever the need to litigate. In many cases, what starts out as adversarial litigation still ends in mediation that resolves the divorce before it ultimately goes to a trial and is left up to a judge’s rulings.
Similar to mediation, during a collaborative divorce, the spouses and their attorneys work together as a team to resolve divorce issues without going to court. The process allows the couple to take charge of the final outcome of the divorce. They receive advice from lawyers and other professionals and come to a decision on their own. This helps preserve family relationships, reduces stress, and can be less expensive.
Divorce Workshop Fairfax VA
At our Second Saturday divorce workshops, you will get non-biased information from lawyers and other professionals in your community. If you are ready for a supportive and understanding environment focused on empowering you to make informed decisions, it’s time to consider a divorce workshop. Contact Cook, Craig, and Francuzenko today to learn more.