Serving all of Northeast Ohio including the Counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit.
Family Law Mediation
Mediation provides the parties a confidential forum to discuss and problem solve solutions. While a mediator cannot provide legal advice, Mediator Katie Arthurs guides the parties through the relevant issues to formulate their own agreements. The process is quicker and less stressful than litigation; encourages communication and cooperation on current and future issues; provides control over the timetable and outcome; and is financially and emotionally less expensive. The parties may consult with their respective lawyers during the mediation process to help them make informed decisions.
Collaborative divorce allows the parties to work together with their collaboratively-trained lawyers in “four-way” private meetings to productively discuss issues and negotiate “win-win” resolutions. The process is non-adversarial and allows the parties to preserve parenting relationships. The parties have the benefit of obtaining the legal advice they need to make informed decisions while working through issues in a mediation-like forum. The process requires information to be exchanged in a transparent manner. If either party terminates the collaborative process, then both parties would have to terminate their lawyers’ representation.
Dissolution of Marriage
Dissolution of Marriage is a “divorce” without court involvement in the decision. The parties utilize their respective lawyers to negotiate the Separation Agreement and Shared Parenting Plan. The dissolution process may involve direct discussions between the parties, discussions between the lawyers, joint meetings, and the exchange of proposals to generate the necessary documents for filing with the court. These out-of-court settlements keep sensitive, private information away from the public eye without the need for costly litigation. Attorney Katie Arthurs helps clients strategize the best approach for their particular case and situation.
A Prenuptial Agreement is a contract that defines the financial rights of the parties should the marriage end by death or divorce. Attorney Katie Arthurs works with clients to create and review tailored prenuptial agreements that fit the engaged parties’ specific needs, which can range from simple to complex. Prenuptial Agreements can be used to protect premarital assets, business interests, family wealth, inheritance and gifts, real estate, investment income, debt protection, and address a wide range of other concerns. Katie consults with clients to determine their particular needs to compose or revise the resulting agreement.