COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW
An out-of-court, respectful dispute resolution process that allows parties to resolve their issues with integrity and without damage to their co-parenting relationship going forward. Emphasizes open communication and disclosure, with lawyers and parties working together towards resolution rather than as adversaries.
Whitney has extensive experience as a family lawyer negotiating and crafting domestic contracts to meet her clients’ unique needs and objectives, including Cohabitation Agreements, Marriage Contracts, Separation Agreements, Parenting Agreements and Amending Agreements.
FAMILY LAW LITIGATION
Sometimes court is unavoidable. Whitney has substantial experience with court matters including parenting time and decision-making, property and asset division, spousal support and alimony, child support, motions to change, mobility, restraining orders and domestic violence, and more.
LIMITED SCOPE SERVICES
A-la-carte family law services which allow you to pay for only what you need, such as legal advice, drafting documents, attending at a court appearance, etc. Legal coaching allows you to remain in control of your matter, with Whitney advising and assisting you in the background, as-needed.
As a collaboratively trained, resolution-focused family lawyer, I excel in helping families transition to a new normal by helping to develop tailored solutions to their family law issues.
No two families are the same, which is why each family law resolution is unique. From the outset, I strive to put my clients at ease by spending time getting to know them and listening to their stories, and understanding their priorities and needs which allows me to generate process and settlement options and negotiate resolutions that address their unique family needs.
I focus on negotiated outcomes for a few reasons:
- They empower parties to be the authors of their own futures by creating solutions that are tailored to their own families, as opposed to having a decision imposed on them by a court. The result is that you will have an agreement that you will be content with, which also minimizes the likelihood that you will need further legal intervention in the future.
- They are almost always cheaper and more efficient.
- They are the least damaging to families, and in turn, help foster and facilitate the co-parenting relationship, which will continue long after the divorce is finalized.
“Whitney Smith was my lawyer for over two years, assisting me with a complicated and stressful family matter. My experience with her and the other legal professionals at the firm has been very positive. The case went very smoothly despite how difficult it was for me, because of Whitney and her legal team's ability to handle this matter. The case is no settled, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Whitney is a knowledgeable, empathetic, patient and professional family lawyer, and I am so thankful for all the hard work she put into making this process go as smoothly as it possibly could. I was lucky to find her and retain her for this matter, and I would definitely recommend her services to others.”
Whitney Smith is the founder of Whitney Smith Family Law. She has a particular reputation for resolving family law disputes efficiently and creatively and at minimal cost. She is passionate about empowering clients to be the authors of their own futures by helping to craft tailored settlements out of court and without perpetuating the vitriol that can so often plague divorce proceedings.
As a mother of two, Whitney is deeply child-focused and will work tirelessly to ensure that your children’s best interests are served.
Whitney recognizes the emotional toll of divorce and separation, and she is with you as a compassionate and experienced advocate every step of the way.