Alternative Dispute Resolution is an approach to divorce which intends to avoid the pitfalls often associated with litigation. By avoiding the courtroom, couples are able to work in a more comfortable, private and confidential setting. Ideally, this approach allows parties to keep the costs of divorce to a minimum and promotes the creation of a mutually agreeable marital settlement. We specialize in the two most effective methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution: Collaborative Divorce and Co-Mediation.
Collaborative Divorce is a relatively new, radical interdisciplinary approach that seeks nothing less than to change the way Americans get divorced.
It is a team approach that includes mental health professionals who act as divorce coaches, a neutral financial specialist, Collaborative Law attorneys and when appropriate, a child specialist. Divorcing families obtain professional help from experts in the mental health, financial and legal fields to help them settle their cases.
Each team member assists the family in their area of expertise, and then works collaboratively with other team members to help families reach durable divorce settlements. Finances are addressed, budgets are created, and financial skills taught where needed. For those with children, the team teaches skills so that parents can communicate better with each other around their children’s needs.
Although more professionals are involved in a Collaborative Divorce case, costs can be controlled. The family receives specific and focused divorce assistance that allows for more productive work to reach a settlement.
Co-Mediation provides an opportunity for our team to work directly with your family law attorney in a neutral capacity.
A series of meetings are held where the mediators act as facilitators and provide necessary information. The mediators do not give either client advice, nor can they help either side advocate their position. Whether it be gathering and organizing data, or assisting with court filings, among other services, our job is to facilitate negotiations to reach mutually acceptable agreements regarding all aspects of divorce.