Personalized Approaches

Determine what is right for your situation.

There are different approaches that can be utilized during a family law case.  First, there is the traditional litigation approach.  Litigation is when the parties appear in court, argue their position, and then the judge or magistrate make a decision based upon the evidence presented. This approach is typically adversarial and causes undue animosity between the parties.

A second approach is mediation. Mediation allows parties to maintain control of their situation and make decisions together about their live, finances, families, and future. During a mediation, a trained mediator is present that is neutral and has the sole purpose of facilitating an agreement between the parties. The mediator helps the parties come up with options and then make the decision of which option is best for their situation. The attorneys at DO Family Law are trained as mediators and are familiar with the approach, comfortable explaining it to a client, and able to help a client determine if it is best for their situation.

A third approach is collaborative family law. Collaborative Law is an alternative to litigation and mediation; however, elements from both are present in this approach.  In a collaborative family law case, both parties are represented by individual counsel trained in the collaborative law process.  Everyone involved in the case signs a contract that states that they will not litigate the matter.  The parties then work together in order to gather information, generate options, and reach a resolution that is agreeable to all parties.