Women Who Move Grand Rapids – 2021 – Special Section
Quist Law Firm, PLLC
4760 E. Fulton St., Ste. 102 | Ada, MI 49301 | (616) 454-9008 | quistlawfirm.com
Courtney Quist is an attorney who has been in practice for nearly 25 years in the areas of family law, divorce, custody, and post judgment procedures. She is a former trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, past vice president of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Grand Rapids, former trustee of the Family Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and co-founder of the Ada Collaborative Center. Quist was a speaker at the annual Mid Summer Conference for the State Bar on Mackinac Island in 2020.
Her primary focus in family law is to advocate for collaborative divorce, as opposed to destructive litigation. “A collaborative divorce is a smarter divorce,” Quist says. “A collaborative divorce is low conflict, cost-effective, and preserves family relationships.
“Importantly, while litigation is position based, a collaborative divorce is an option-based, team approach. By generating options, we can explore different ideas and methods to resolve an issue,” Quist adds. “I have also found that if we can find out the concerns behind a particular position, we can brainstorm an appropriate resolution.”
The collaborative divorce process works especially well for families with special needs children, special needs adults, parents with unusual work hours, and parents or families with unique circumstances. Almost all families can benefit from the collaborative process, as opposed to litigation.
“Every family is unique, and a resolution for one family will not necessarily serve the needs of another family,” Quist says. “There is no ‘one size fits all.’ Instead, settlements must be narrowly tailored to meet the individual needs of each family.”