Divorce Options

Which Option is Right for You?

Click on any of the choices below to learn more about those options.

Traditional Representation: Your attorney represents you in negotiations and court. The attorneys try to settle based on what they believe the court would do at trial. This is a good option if you do not see you and your spouse working directly with each other.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): There are several other options for people who prefer to work out their own settlements without court involvement. Please note that while we cannot represent or give legal advice to both parties to a divorce, if you and your spouse would like to come in together just to find out more about the different ADR options, we would be glad to meet with you both for that purpose. These options include:

Collaboration: Some couples need help reducing their conflict and/or creating the best possible solutions. In Collaboration a professional divorce team assists you in managing conflict and analyzing your options. This is a good choice for couples who want to be sure they are making the best decisions they can, or have significant trouble working with each other on their own.

Mediation: Some couples have trouble getting to agreement on their own. A neutral Mediator can facilitate the discussion to find ways to move ahead successfully. The Mediator cannot give legal advice or prepare the final court documents. This is a good option for couples who need some guidance in how to get to resolution.

“Kitchen Table” Negotiations: You and your spouse work out your own agreements without outside help. Attorneys provide legal advice and court documents. This is an option for couples who are able to reach agreements on their own.

Traditional Collaboration Mediation Kitchen Table
You work with: Your lawyer Your lawyer, spouse and divorce team Your spouse and neutral mediator Your spouse
Outcome based on: Agreements based on likely court result, or trial Joint decisions made with help of professional team Agreements after facilitated discussion Whatever you can agree on
Good for: Prefer attorney representing you in court and negotiations Want to make the best possible joint decisions Need some help getting unstuck You work well together and have a less complex case
Traditional
You work with: Your lawyer
Outcome based on: Agreements based on likely court result, or trial
Good for: Prefer attorney representing you in court and negotiations
Collaboration
You work with: Your lawyer, spouse and divorce team
Outcome based on: Joint decisions made with help of professional team
Good for: Want to make the best possible joint decisions
Mediation
You work with: Your spouse and neutral mediator
Outcome based on: Agreements after facilitated discussion
Good for: Need some help getting unstuck
Kitchen Table
You work with: Your spouse
Outcome based on: Whatever you can agree on
Good for: You work well together and have a less complex case