The image of divorce that often comes to mind is one of conflict, but it does not have to be that way. Amicable and durable solutions can be reached through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the process of settling disputes using means other than litigation. This can reduce costs while preserving a workable relationship for parties that will need to work together to raise their children.
At Laura Dale & Associates, we are well-equipped to utilize ADR to resolve disputes. Our Houston-based lawyers are experienced mediators, and attend and fully represent our clients at mediation throughout Texas. To learn more about how we can help you resolve your divorce without litigation, call 713-574-7952 .
Mediation And Collaborative Law
The two primary means of ADR are mediation and collaborative law:
- Mediation cases: Mediation is an informal nonbinding dispute settlement process run by a specially trained third party, called a mediator. The process is confidential, which allows both parties to negotiate settlement terms in a controlled environment. While the parties are not required to reach an agreement during the process, any agreement reached through mediation is likely to be approved by the court.
- Collaborative law cases: In collaborative law, each party retains an attorney and signs an agreement stating they will work cooperatively to resolve all issues via a negotiated settlement. If an agreement is not reached, each party will go to trial with new attorneys, providing attorneys with an incentive to work toward a collaborative settlement.
To learn more about ADR and whether it is in your best interest, contact our attorneys.