Collaborative law provides an alternative to resolving family disputes by taking the disputed matter out of the courts and working collaboratively with your spouse and the collaborative lawyers you have chosen. While traditional divorces are often about “fighting and winning”, a collaborative divorce is more about “troubleshooting and problem solving.”
As part of the collaborative approach to divorce, both spouses retain separate attorneys who help them settle all significant concerns surrounding their divorce. In the process, no one goes to court. If that occurs, the collaborative process dissolves, and the attorneys are disqualified from further involvement in the case.
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Law, PLLC helps individuals throughout the Twin Cities who opt for this lower conflict way of obtaining a divorce. But, before suggesting you go through a collaborative divorce, we first analyze your unique situation, your emotional standing with each other, and many other factors.
Collaborative Law: Strong Outcomes And A Better Future
The collaborative law process recognizes that differences exist between couples which have risen to their decision to divorce. The collaborative law process appreciates the legal system and courts should not be making decisions about your future. In a collaborative divorce, each partner commits to working for the well-being of the entire family and abiding by the contract signed in the very beginning.
The contractual agreement states that the parties will be open to accepting help from outside experts where necessary, will disclose all documents and information truthfully, will avoid hurling disrespectful words to their partner, and will insulate the children from the divorce process, thus minimizing the impact of the process on them. Besides these, the partners agree to work on common grounds of care and respect to reach a win-win solution.
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Maxim Law is an excellent and thorough family law firm. Allison and her staff have helped me on some very difficult issues. I contacted several other family law attorneys, Allison is the only one who would take on my extreme case. Allison holds a down-to-business, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense approach. I highly recommend Allison Maxim as your divorce/family law attorney. You want Allison in your corner.
I would highly recommend Allison. Both Allison and Shannon were very responsive to my needs. Allison explained every step of the process so I could clearly understand the legal complexities of going through a divorce. Most importantly, I actually felt like Allison cared about me and my individual case. Allison's and Shannon's responsiveness, care and concern helped to reduce the stress of a very difficult time. Allison was recommended by an associate after my previous attorney was not responsive, did not simplify the legal process of divorce and seemed most interested in the financial gain of handling my case. I was glad I made the switch. I have and will continue to recommend Allison to family, friends and anyone else seeking legal representation.
Alison's expertise in family law as well as international family law is five star. She went above and beyond to keep costs low while continuing to represent and protect my best interests. I highly recommend her for anyone seeking a knowledgeable international family law attorney.
Allison Maxim is an exceptional family law attorney. Our case was an extremely difficult and complicated situation. Due to the tenacity and financial backing of our opponent, our case included several court dates with several different presiding judges, referees and mediators. Also, over the course of the case, there were four different opposing attorneys. Throughout the entire process, Ms. Maxim's legal advice, knowledge of the law, wisdom concerning the presiding judges or referees or mediators, insight into the various opposing attorneys was excellent and correct. She was also superb in understanding the intricacies of our case and concerns on all levels. We highly recommend the firm of Maxim Law.
I would recommend Allison without reserve to anyone needing a divorce attorney. From our very first meeting, it was obvious that Allison was extremely knowledgeable, an excellent listener, and someone who would help me navigate a situation in which I had never imagined myself. I came with many questions, and she helpfully and continually walked me through what the process would look like, always in a kind and understanding manner. My case involved custody issues, division of property, and spousal maintenance, and in a situation that was often acrimonious and emotional, Allison was calm, reassuring, and supportive. At the same time, she was a fierce advocate for me, firmly and assertively fighting for what she felt to to be fair and right. In a situation like divorce, I have learned that you just don't know what you don't know. I trust Allison implicitly to know- the law, the facts of my case, and what will be best for me and my kids. I truly can't imagine having gone through this with anyone else.
Maxim Law is the best Attorney that you will need. She fights for her clients/dads. She brought light to what was fair and equal. She was very fast at getting the paper work together and filed with the courts. Her law-firm returned your calls right away. She fought for what was right for the child. Our case was complicated. She fought for dads to have rights too. She had a court hearing within 2 weeks, won temporary custody. With in two months we won full custody and the case is closed. Her price is fair. We would not have won with out her and her team. We will always be thankful that we found them. We will defiantly use them again if we need too! Thank you Allison!
A team of professionals aids the attorneys and the spouses to arrive at decisions where external help is vital. A parenting consultant, for example, may play a crucial role in a collaborative divorce. These professionals work with the children of the separating parents to help them cope and communicate with their parents freely and to not blame themselves for their parents’ divorce.
At Maxim Law, we can help you decide whether collaborative approach will best suit your situation, and if it would, we help you through the process. If you are interested in investigating whether the collaborative process will be right for you, please contact us today. We will confidentially discuss your situation with you and let you know if we think you are a good candidate for a collaborative divorce.
Mindful Family Law: Choose A Less Stressful Divorce Process
With her background in clinical psychology, collaborative attorney Allison Maxim can understand the intentions and motives of partners going through a divorce. Her study in psychology enables Allison to deal with you as a caring, compassionate lawyer who is focused on helping you come through your divorce emotionally intact.
A traditional divorce process involves mental upheaval and a lot of money. Whereas, the collaborative divorce process does not burn through your hard-earned savings. Rather, it offers a more peaceful way to divorce. In fact, collaborative law attorney Allison Maxim, has developed a website to help her clients maintain a mindful approach to their collaborative law case.
At Maxim Law, PLLC, we emphasize the importance of practicing mindfulness while going through a divorce. Our collaborative law attorney Allison Maxim practices mindfulness with all her clients and suggests they fully engage in this process. With a mindful approach, you stay calm and focused in the present. This approach helps relieve stress and establishes a feeling of mental peace and calmness. Visit Allison’s website, Mindful Family Law, for tips and suggestions to stay relaxed and to maintain a positive mental attitude throughout the divorce process.
At Maxim Law, we understand the repercussions of a divorce on your overall health, so we want to suggest strategies that result in the least friction. A collaborative divorce is that way.
If you think collaborative divorce may be an option for you, contact Allison Maxim at 651-294-2407 for a free half-hour consultation to learn more about it.
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Allison Maxim is the founder of Maxim Law and a family law attorney working in St. Paul, MN. Allison’s practice as a divorce lawyer consists of international and interstate family Law, general d...
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