Payer, Hunziker,
Rhodes & Peters, LLP
535 Main Street
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-232-4115
Toll-Free: 866-382-3599
Fax: 515-232-4388
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Collaborative Divorce

Ames Iowa Collaborative Divorce Lawyers

Under this method,the parties each have their own specially trained lawyer. Margaret Rhodes has been trained in collaborative law and is a member of Central Iowa Collaborative Law Practice Group.

In a collaborative divorce, the parties and attorneys agree in a contract, that they wlll not go to court but will negotiate the settlement of their divorce instead. If the negotiation breaks down, the parties must dismiss the collaborative lawyers and hire litigation attorneys. Most of the collaborative divorce is done in the same room with the parties and the lawyers working respectfully and cooperatively. Sometimes additional professionals (financial specialists, child specialists, divorce coaches) also participate. The design is to view the family as a whole, in a way that "dismantles" the marriage and launches everyone in a way that is financially and emotionally healthy for the future. Communication and information sharing is paramount and creative shared solutions are established.

Costs for collaborative divorce are often less expensive than litigation. The timetable is established by the parties with the assistance of their attorneys, and the divorce is filed by BOTH parties when the resolution has been developed. Much of the work is done in four way face-to face meetings where everything is exchanged without the need for costly legal maneuvers, and with respect given and received. The goal of a collaborative divorce is to solve problems jointly and calmly, and to avoid turning the control over the parties' lives over to a court. A collaborative lawyer still provides legal advice to the client, but they have made a commitment to work collaboratively and to do everything to avoid a courtroom battle.


At the law office of Payer, Hunziker, Rhodes & Peters, LLP, in Ames, we represent individuals in Boone, Story, Hamilton, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Hardin, Marshall, Pocahontas, Sac and Webster counties in Iowa, including the communities of Boone, Nevada, Huxley, Gilbert, Webster City, Story City and many others.