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Family law litigation typically includes various issues such as divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), property division, paternity, adoption, guardianship, domestic violence, and other related matters.

 

In family law litigation, parties involved in the dispute typically seek resolution through court proceedings, where a judge or judicial officer makes decisions based on relevant laws, evidence, and arguments presented by the parties or their legal representatives. Family law litigation can be complex and emotionally charged due to the sensitive nature of the issues involved and the personal relationships affected.

Mediation

Family law mediation is a method of resolving legal disputes within familial relationships, through the assistance of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties involved, helping them reach mutually acceptable agreements. Unlike litigation, which involves going to court and having a judge make decisions, mediation encourages the parties to collaborate and find solutions tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. The goal of family law mediation is to promote cooperative problem-solving, reduce conflict, and reach settlements that benefit all parties involved, particularly children when parenting matters are at stake.

Erin Simpson represents her clients in mediations.  She is also trained as a mediator to assist parties with resolving the issues arising from their separation.  Mediation is also useful in assisting with difficult conversations centered around marriage contracts.

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Consultation

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Legal consultations typically refer to meetings or discussions between a lawyer or legal professional and a client to provide advice, guidance, or assistance regarding legal matters. During a legal consultation, the client might present their case, concerns, or questions to the lawyer, who then offers insights, explanations of relevant laws, potential strategies, and recommendations on how to proceed. This interaction helps the client understand their rights, obligations, and options within the legal framework and aids them in making informed decisions about their legal affairs.  There is no obligation to retain the lawyer at the conclusion of the consultation.

Legal Coaching

Legal coaching typically refers to a service where individuals receive guidance, support, and education from a qualified legal professional, often a lawyer, to navigate legal matters without direct representation in court. Unlike traditional legal representation where an attorney handles all aspects of a case on behalf of a client, legal coaching empowers individuals to take a more active role in their legal affairs.

Legal coaching can be particularly beneficial for individuals who want to save money on legal fees, maintain control over their case, or simply prefer a more hands-on approach to resolving their legal issues. However, it's essential to note that legal coaching does not substitute for formal legal representation, especially in complex or high-stakes legal matters. Clients should carefully consider their specific circumstances and consult with a qualified attorney to determine the most appropriate course of action.

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