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Divorce With Dignity

Collaborative divorce is a distinct alternative to traditional divorce litigation. Conventional divorce, is, by its nature, adversarial, time-consuming and often aimed at “defeating” the other side. Too often, the enduring, litigious battle creates lasting scars for all of those involved – particularly in children of the relationship.

Collaborative divorce, however, provides an avenue for avoiding the courtroom and provides a mechanism by which parties can separate in a civil, respectful manner free of mutual, public persecution. Recognizing the real value in this, the North Carolina General Assembly has memorialized a process in which parties can divorce with dignity.

A Civilized Divorce Alternative

At Parsons Law, attorney Patrick K. Bryan is one of few lawyers in western North Carolina trained in the collaborative law process. He knows, from first-hand experience, the emotional, logistical and financial challenges inherent in separation and divorce. When engaged in the collaborative process, Patrick is able to use his personal experience and his knowledge of divorce and custody law as markers to find human, needs-based (as opposed to purely legal position-based), global solutions for families going through a separation.

Generally, when contrasted with traditional divorce litigation, the collaborative process tends to be:

  • More flexible (time and otherwise)
  • Less expensive
  • More dignified
  • More private – as families are not in court

Many couples who are willing to reasonably negotiate are able to avoid trial. If collaborative divorce is not likely to lead to a fair outcome for your case, however, you have alternative options such as divorce trial. If so, our experienced litigators can represent you efficiently, working to minimize as much conflict and stress as possible.

If you are interested in engaging in this worthwhile alternative, please contact our office by telephone at 828-581-9529 or by filling out the online request form to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys.