JLP Legal, Family Division was created with the goal to assist clients to dissolve their marriages in a simplier and less destructive way. We thought there has to be a better method that is less damaging to the parties and families, less stressful, and more affordable.
When you see a family lawyer, the lawyer will quote a "retainer" price and tell you that they will charge on an hourly basis and that the lawyer will attempt to minimize court hearings and posturing, but there is no way they could control what the spouse's lawyer might do and drive up the costs.
So you leave the office, after paying the retainer, with the honest belief, and a little hope, that the cost will be reasonable. What is beyond the lawyers control however is that with every Discovery Request, every motion and hearing, and every phone call they are running the clock. They treat your case like 2:00 left in game time with your team winning if they could run down the clock. The only difference is that with the divorce lawyer, the clock can never run out!!
So you are stuck with a bill in the thousands of dollars. In the process, you grow to truly hate your ex-spouse because they are causing you to waste all this money. One of the spouses eventually talks to the kids and now the kids are involved and know way too much. The kids then are forced to take sides, and relationships with your kids are truly compromised.
For the typical client, our approach is to utilize the most effective cost/benefit tool you will have in achieving a fair, equitable and affordable settlement. The mediation process. We use only the most qualified mediators that can take even the most complex cases with the most entrenched parties and reach settlements. Inherent in each settlement, is that each party does not get everything that they wanted, and a compromise is reached.
While our goal is have your case settled in a mediation, we are primarily a trial law firm. While we believe that trial is not always a good option for a majority of divorces, occasionally there is no other choice.