Spotlight: Stange Law Firm
helping clients rebuild their lives
Going through a divorce can be one of life’s most stressful and emotionally taxing events. But deciding to call it quits doesn’t have to end poorly. Kelly M. Davidzuk is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC, providing services in divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship, adoptions, mediation, and collaborative divorce, among other family law related matters. Davidzuk is an experienced litigator, trained negotiator, and skilled mediator. According to Davidzuk, her number one focus, along with that of the firm in which she practices law, is to “help clients rebuild their lives.”
Davidzuk was drawn in to the legal field at an early age, watching her grandfather, an attorney focusing on wills, trust, and estates, be a positive influence in his clients’ lives. “He was a very important person in my life, and I always looked up to him,” says Davidzuk, who also experienced first hand the effects divorce can have on a family.
Today, she continues to draw inspiration from her grandfather and those at Stange Law Firm, in her work to help clients rebuild their lives during a difficult time. As an experienced litigator and trained negotiator, Davidzuk focuses on helping her clients in and out of the courtroom to obtain an outcome in line with clients’ goals. As a skilled mediator, Davidzuk acts as a neutral third party, helping clients “expand the pie” and often come up with outside-the-box ideas to divide marital assets and debts as well as determine a workable parenting plan, child support, and maintenance calculation. “I feel like an architect when helping clients rebuild and determine a new workable future. It can be a very exciting and fulfilling experience to help clients feel better and more relaxed during the process with an agreement tailored to their own individual needs.”
The collaborative divorce process is similar, except instead of one neutral third party, each spouse hires an attorney trained in the collaborative process, to be present alongside a divorce coach and, if desired, a financial advisor. It’s a fantastic alternative to heading straight into the adversarial court system. “When you file for divorce, you’re instantly perceived as being adversaries, even if you in fact agree on most or all issues,” Davidzuk says. “But if you choose the collaborative divorce process, you begin by signing an agreement to be open, honest, and forthcoming with all evidence, concerns, potential impediments, etc. such that the parties are able to work together to reach an agreement workable for both spouses and their children into the future.”
Davidzuk is on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Missouri Collaborative Institute and is employed with Stange Law Firm where you can locate attorneys trained in the collaborative process to help you navigate your divorce in an alternative, fulfilling way. While Davidzuk is ready, willing, and able to advocate on your behalf in a hotly contested case through litigation, she also notes that, “the collaborative divorce process often ends up being therapeutic because both parties have more freedom to be honest and reach a genuine agreement that helps them rebuild their lives.”
This option isn’t just for couples who get along. “We have clients who absolutely have differing ideas, but that’s why we bring in experts to assist with the process,” Davidzuk says. “The divorce coach generally has a background in psychology and is there to help people work through emotional barriers getting in the way of focusing on the big picture of their needs and their children’s needs.”
Davidzuk says she wants more couples facing a split to know collaborative divorce is an option. “Instead of using your resources to fight each other, you can use your resources to work together to come up with the best possible solution. With that said, however, if mediation or collaborative divorce isn’t for you, I am also here to be your advocate, fighting for your goals in and out of the courtroom.”
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