Dignified Divorce

I have seen a lot of divorces over the course of my life and over the course of my career as a lawyer.  I have learned a lot over the years and my experiences have shaped Joyce Law Firm’s philosophy on family law cases.

So, you or your spouse have decided that a divorce is necessary; what is your next move?  Well, many people seem to assume that it will get ugly, and go looking for the meanest bulldog of a lawyer they can find.  The other party responds in kind.  Suddenly, we have taken one of life’s most emotionally, financially, and spiritually traumatic events and loaded it from both sides with dynamite.  Why would anyone expect a positive outcome from that?  How would anyone expect anything less than serious long-term or permanent damage to familial relationships and trauma to the children?  On top of the tendency for children to think they are responsible for the divorce, and all the other change that comes with divorce, when the divorce gets ugly, the children will likely feel pressure to take sides, and parent/child relationships may experience long term or permanent damage.

We favor a radically different approach to divorce: one that is rooted in awareness that divorce, even when done nicely, will still likely be one of the most traumatic experiences of a person’s life.  This becomes especially true when children are involved.  Our approach is committed to minimizing emotional damage and not “getting even.”  One that keeps an eye on the long term view, including handling things in a way that helps your child feel comfortable inviting both parents to his/her school events, college graduation, wedding, and the birth of his/her children.  We have all known or at least heard of an adult child that felt they had to choose which parent to invite to his/her wedding or other important event; these horrible stories very likely had their roots in how the divorce was handled.

With our approach, every effort is made to protect your interests while avoiding actions that will inflame the situation into the cycle of reciprocating harsh legal moves that compound the trauma of the divorce for you and your child(ren).  It doesn’t always work.  We have experienced a wide range of results with this approach, from reconciliation and truly amicable divorces, to intense custody and property battles.  We are prepared to fight for you and your rights at trial if needs be, and have the experience to do so.  However, if we can create an agreement between you and your spouse and minimize the deep hurt and resentment which the process can create, that will be our initial goal.  You and your children deserve peace after this abrupt family change, and we will do all we can to help foster that approach. 


Our approach is not for everyone.  But if you like the sound of it and are in need of a divorce attorney, please give us a call

Kirk Joyce is a general practice attorney in Northwest Arkansas who focuses on personal injury law and criminal defense.  If you would like to meet with him to discuss your case, please contact the Joyce Law Firm to schedule a consultation. 

Joyce Law Firm was founded in 2002 by Kirk Joyce.  Each of the attorneys at the Joyce Law Firm focus in specific areas of law, including,but not limited to: personal injury, immigration, criminal defense, family law, and business law.  Contact the Joyce Law Firm today at 479-442-5577.  More about Joyce Law Firm

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