Getting Split Ready Episode 8: Working Together – The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce

The formal definition of Collaborative Divorce is a process by which divorcing couples work with their lawyers and other professionals in order to avoid the uncertain outcome of court and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children without the underlying threat of litigation. The process allows parties to have a fair settlement. The voluntary process is initiated when the couple signs a contract (a “participation agreement”) binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future family-related litigation. The formal definition, however, only tells part of the story. In practice, Collaborative Divorce is an productive and civilized way to unwind a marriage.

Join us for a discussion with Jessica Malmquist, Co-Founder of Greenwich Law Group, LLC and President of the Collaborative Law Group of Illinois. Jessica’s family law practice is based on an in-depth understanding of the emotional, practical and financial elements involved in the dissolution of a marriage or post-decree matter, particularly when the allocation of parental responsibilities, maintenance, child support and parenting time are involved.

 

About Jessica Malmquist

 

Jessica L. Malmquist joined the Law Offices of Alexandra M. Goddard in 2011 and in 2016 became a partner at Goddard & Malmquist. In 2018, she merged with Alexandra and Alison to form Greenwich Law Group, LLC. Jessica has practiced law since 2003 and has concentrated her practice in family law for more than a decade. Jessica’s family law practice is based on an in-depth understanding of the emotional, practical and financial elements involved in the dissolution of a marriage or post-decree matter, particularly when the allocation of parental responsibilities, maintenance, child support and parenting time are involved.

Although Jessica endeavors to resolve cases through amicable negotiations, she is an active enthusiastic, and experienced litigator who effectively represents her clients in litigation when required. Jessica strongly believes in the ability of clients to use alternative dispute resolution, including Collaborative Law and mediation, to retain control of the dissolution process and prevent the often destructive involvement of the Courts. Because of Jessica’s experience, she is able to help clients determine the best dissolution process for their individual family and situational needs.

In addition to dissolution of marriage and post-decree matters, Jessica handles preparation and negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as attorney-assisted mediation, and estate planning for individuals, couples, and families.

Outside of the practice of law, Jessica has worked with many financial institutions both domestically and internationally. Having lived extensively outside of the United States, Jessica is sensitive to cultural impacts on family life. As a mother to young children and former financial professional, Jessica understands the value of well crafted parenting and financial plans in smoothing the way during periods of transition.

Jessica is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and American Bar Association, as well as a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII), member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and current President-Elect, and has been a CLII Board member for over 5 years. Jessica was formally a member of the Rainbows Young Professional Board.

 

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