Answering Your Divorce FAQs

At D'Angelo & Grabow, we respect the sensitive nature of ending a marriage. It is our goal to represent you with the care needed to protect your long-term interests, both financial and emotional. We focus our representation on a cooperative approach with opposing parties and counsel. In our years of practice we have found that civility is often key to effectively and efficiently resolving divorce and family law issues.

Many people wonder what their options are when it comes to divorce. Here are the three most common paths and FAQs:

What Is Traditional Divorce?

A traditional divorce is the standard process of divorcing in which the parties, with the guidance, support and advocacy of their attorneys, go to court and ask the Judge and/or Court Commissioner to resolve their disputed issues. We focus our practice style on good faith negotiations and wholehearted attempts to reach a settlement; however, we have the skill and experience to litigate your case when necessary. Although a great majority of divorce cases settle without a trial, the traditional divorce model can be necessary to protect your rights and provide you with a swift resolution.

How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

Collaborative divorce is the process of divorcing in which both parties and their attorneys sign a contract pledging to resolve all issues by agreement and without the involvement of the court. The emphasis in collaborative divorce is on finding mutually agreeable solutions rather than engaging the court for decision-making. Collaborative divorce is a solutions-oriented procedure that often involves a multi-professional approach without engaging in protracted legal battles.

What Is A Cooperative Divorce?

Cooperative divorce is the process of divorcing in which the parties and their attorneys commit to avoiding costly litigation and to conducting themselves in a respectful, civil and professional manner while promptly sharing all information and cooperating in good faith negotiations to reach fair compromises. Cooperative divorce is a settlement-based methodology that leaves open the possibility of litigation – if and only if – absolutely necessary.

Not sure if you need a lawyer? To discuss your options with an experienced and caring divorce attorney at our Waukesha law firm, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at 262-278-0987 to schedule an appointment. We service clients in Waukesha and the surrounding communities.