Collaborative Law

Divorce is a painful, wrenching experience under the best of circumstances — no matter who initiates the process. When you are facing a divorce, particularly when issues like child custody, support and division of assets are on the table, alternative methods of resolution like collaborative law can remediate a potentially volatile situation and avoid unpleasant surprises in court.

At the Law Offices of Kathleen D. Schneider, we believe decisions that affect you, your family and your future so profoundly are best left in your hands, not in the hands of family court judges, when the option is a possibility. Our collaborative law practice places decision-making power in the hands of the people it affects the most.

Rather than a transition marked by conflict, uncertainty and loss, you gain control and authorship of a working paradigm for the future. And a working model for the future is an invaluable investment, especially when children are involved.

"The most gratifying moment of my collaborative practice was the day when a couple — parents of small children — had finished the Collaborative process. They went into another room. They shared a hug. They cried. I thought that boded well for the rest of their lives. This model allows couples to walk away with their dignity intact." – Kathleen D. Schneider

The Collaborative Process

Collaboration allows you all the benefits of legal counsel without the threat of a court battle and the stress of the traditional adversarial process. More creative solutions are possible than the court system typically affords. When agreement is reached, our can attorneys prepare all the paperwork necessary and accompany you to court to finalize the case.

The attorneys have incentive to succeed: if the effort fails, they have already agreed not to represent you in further litigation. Information is shared in good faith, using negotiation and problem-solving means to reach a fair and equitable resolution.

At least as significant is the greatly diminished cost of a collaborative divorce. Generally, only a single visit to court is needed to finalize the divorce.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Kathleen D. Schneider have guided many clients through divorce using collaboration to reach sustainable agreements.

Learn More

To talk to one of our Allegheny County lawyers about whether a collaborative divorce will work for you, please call our offices at 412-342-8577, toll free at 800-590-4606, or contact us online.

We serve clients in Pittsburgh, Edgewood Borough, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland, Murrysville and the surrounding area in Pennsylvania.