Choosing a process to resolve your family dispute is one of the important decisions you will have to make. The process will impact your resolution time, cost and effectiveness. We will explain the advantages and risks of each option and help you choose a process that is right for you.
These are the common resolution options used in family law disputes:
Cases are frequently settled entirely out of court. A skilled negotiator can be your most effective tool in reaching cost-effective settlement.
Our lawyers are experienced negotiators and know how to best handle the situations, issues and dynamics that arise during the course of negotiations.
A neutral, third party mediator can help you and your spouse try to reach settlement. This is a cooperative and often effective way to resolve matters out of court. You may have your lawyer present or attend on your own. It is important to choose a skilled, trained and experienced mediator.
As trained mediators ourselves, we know how to help you get the most out of the process, while protecting your interests.
You and your spouse may agree to hire an arbitrator, who acts like a private judge, to decide the issues you cannot agree on. Like mediation, it is important to choose a trained and experienced arbitrator.
You can decide the arbitration process ahead of time, including how you present your case. The decision of the arbitrator is final and binding.
You and your spouse may agree to avoid court by choosing this specialized process to resolve your family law issues. The parameters are agreed to at the beginning and both parties must get new lawyers if one of them later takes the matter to court.
Our lawyers are certified in Collaborative Law and can explain the advantages and disadvantages of this alternative to help you decide if this is right for you.
Going to court is sometimes necessary to move your matter forward or finally resolve your dispute. This may require court appearances before trial and the trial itself.
We appear regularly in all levels on various applications for our clients. We take the time to explain the risks and protocol, so you enter the courtroom feeling prepared and comfortable.