Collaborative Divorce is, as Lora describes it, “the kinder and more gentle way to get divorced.” It is a form of alternate dispute resolution in which the parties and their counsel, who both have special training as collaborative attorneys, enter into a Participation Agreement where they agree to resolve all matters between them before either party files anything with the court. Lora is a founding member of the Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Visit Iowa Collaborative Divorce(dot com) for more information about collaborative divorce or call us.
Mediation is an opportunity for parties and their attorneys to meet with a neutral third party to resolve the issues between them without going to court. The mediator, who has special training in helping parties resolve conflicts and reach an agreement, facilitates the process of problem-solving. Parties and/or their counsel frequently engage Lora’s services as a mediator to help them resolve cases with compassion and respect, and without the need for court invervention.
Sometimes the court orders the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for the minor child(ren) when parents are going through a custody proceeding. The GAL represents, and advocates for, the best interests of the minor child(ren) after performing an independent investigation. Sometimes, courts refer to a GAL as a “Best Interests Attorney.” Only the Court can appoint a GAL. Lora has significant experience as a GAL helping families resolve parenting issues, especially in high conflict maters.
The most fulfilling part of being a family law attorney is to help put families together. Whether it's through private adoption, interfamily adoption or through an agency adoption, we can shepherd you through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
A Parenting Coordinator (“PC”) is a specially-trained person, appointed by the court, who works with parents who continue to experience conflict after entry of their divorce or custody decree. The PC works with the parents to help implement their parenting plan and resolve issues which continue to cause conflict between the parents and/or the children. Lora was one of the first professionals to seek PC training in Central Iowa. Many attorneys and courts seek Lora’s assistance as a PC for their clients following entry of a decree.
Litigation involves representing a party in a proceeding and advocating for the client’s position. The following are examples of areas of family law in which Lora has represented clients: