Mediation and Collaborative Practice for Family Law Disputes
Mediation and Collaborative Practice are ways for you to resolve disputes respectfully -- without going to court. In both, settlement is the top priority. In mediation, an impartial third party (the mediator) facilitates the conversation and assists the negotiations of both parties toward settlement. In Collaborative Practice, your lawyers are present during the negotiation process, and you are encouraged to build a team of professionals to help.
Control the Divorce Process Without Going to Court
Both Collaborative Practice and mediation rely on voluntary, free exchange of information and commitment to resolutions respecting everyone's shared goals. In both, the clients control the outcome and create the options for settlement based on their own standards of fairness. Both processes are terminated if either of you resorts to litigation, so there is a great deal of incentive to stay out of court.
An Atmosphere of Respect That Supports a Mutually Created Resolution to your Family Law Dispute
The guiding principle of both mediation and Collaborative Practice is respect. This respectful tone encourages you to show compassion, understanding, and cooperation. Mediators and Collaborative professionals are trained in non-confrontational negotiation, helping keep discussions productive. The goal is to build a settlement on areas of agreement, not to perpetuate disagreement.
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