“Knowledge is half the battle. I educate people so they can make informed decisions.”
—Bonnie L. Mohr, Divorce Attorney
Divorce can be an emotionally charged and lengthy ordeal. Because of this, Ms. Mohr strives to develop client relationships built on communication, education and trust.
In order to determine the best way to move forward, it’s important to know where you are coming from. Ms. Mohr will meet with you to discuss your situation in detail to gain a deeper understanding of the issues. Is there a chance to resolve the divorce amicably? Will it need to be litigated? What are the assets? What are the debts? Are there children involved? Is there already a boyfriend or girlfriend in the picture? By listening with compassion and objectivity, Ms. Mohr helps you to begin to untangle the complexities of your situation from the start, so you can gain clarity about the next steps.
Ms. Mohr believes that knowledge is the key to making informed decisions. To that end, she educates her clients so they have a clear understanding of the issues that can be addressed by the courts, and the issues that cannot. Whether it’s a divorce action or a family court matter, Ms. Mohr will take the time to explain what may happen and advises clients on how to prepare so they know what to expect, what to do and how to leverage the opportunity to frame their case for the judge.
Ms. Mohr believes that it is crucial to put a game plan in place with well-defined goals. Do you want to get the action resolved as quickly as possible? What do you need to take away or gain from this action? Are you concerned about the impact this action will have on your job or business? Ms. Mohr will help you to clarify what is most important to you, so you can manage your time, energy and resources as efficiently as possible without compromising your needs.
Determine A Course of Action
There are multiple ways to resolve your action: mediation, collaborative law or litigation. In mediation, a neutral third party acts as a problem solver and works to facilitate the settlement process. The mediator can provide each party with the law, but cannot provide legal advice. If the mediator is successful, the mediator can also prepare the necessary paperwork to be filed in court. If the mediator is not successful, you either walk away from the problem or begin anew with litigation. In collaborative law, you work with a collaborative team (collaborative lawyer for each spouse, financial professional, divorce coach and child specialist) to resolve the action without litigation or animosity. Collaborative law requires you and your spouse to disclose all relevant information voluntarily, use joint experts to value assets and answer questions, resolve custody differences without subjecting the children to court-ordered forensic evaluations and focuses efforts on creative problem solving and win-win results. If the collaborative process is unsuccessful, you transition to a new attorney who will then resolve the matter within the court system.
Litigation is your best option where either party is likely to hide information, act confrontational or refuse to act at all or there is a less-powerful party. Where mediation and collaboration require a degree of willingness to work through the problem and reach a solution, the court imposes deadlines, binding orders and sanctions to keep the case moving. Even though litigation may be the most adversarial of these processes, it does not need to be adversarial. Often time the attorneys and the judge will work with the parties to settle the action.
Regardless of the legal matter or course of action, the end goal is to resolve the matter with a binding document that protects your rights. This can be the judgment of divorce, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, a modification order, an order of child support, or a parenting plan order. Ms. Mohr strives to help her clients reach a resolution by settlement whenever possible.