Collaborative Lawyer & Mediator
I am dedicated to guiding my clients through an effective dispute resolution process. Collaborative Divorce and Mediation both allow and encourage you to negotiate in good faith, with courtesy and respect, in a safe environment. These processes minimize the negative impacts of separation and give you an opportunity to maintain a working relationship, enabling continuing communication. I understand that going through a separation is a difficult emotional journey; I offer sensitivity and support through the negotiation process along with my legal advice.
Thinking about separation is hard. Going through the process of separation can be even harder. I can help by guiding you through a process in which you and your spouse resolve conflicts respectfully, without going to court.
Live in the future,
not the past.
Collaborative divorce, also referred to as collaborative law or collaborative practice, is a process whereby separating spouses and their collaboratively-trained lawyers agree to work together respectfully (collaborate) to create the best possible solution for the family as everyone transitions out of the marriage.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Like collaborative law, the mediation process uses interest-based negotiations: the parties look beneath the surface to each party's goals, fears or concerns, all of which are referred to as interests.
Family Contracts include agreements inside of a union (Domestic Contracts) as well as agreements reflecting the careful negotiation of the end of a union (Separation Agreements).
+ From the Clients
I have been a client of Joelle’s for a couple of years now. She has helped me through one of the toughest times of my life, and I could not have done it without her. Her guidance and support through a difficult mediation and divorce was invaluable. More than a lawyer, Joelle has become a trusted advisor and friend.