At McGuire + Thompson, we strongly encourage the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in divorce, child custody disputes, and other family law matters. We have often found that mediation is more efficient than litigation in terms of money and time saved. More importantly, mediation can give you more satisfying results that are more effective over the long run. Some of our most-favored alternative dispute resolution approaches include:
- Mediation and Collaborative Law
- Private Judging and Arbitration
- Child Custody Mediation
In mediation or alternative dispute resolution, the parties work together to create a solution that meets both of their needs, as opposed to having a decision handed down and imposed upon both of them by a judge. When the parties have a stake in creating the custody or support order, they are much more likely to follow the order voluntarily without the need for further court enforcement or other intervention. This method also permits parties to come to more creative resolutions, recognizing that the needs of each family are unique.
A mediated approach is often less stressful and less damaging to the long-term relationship between the parties. Even if spouses are divorcing, they are still likely to have significant contact throughout their lives, particularly as their children experience life events such as graduation, marriage, and the birth of children of their own. Our experienced mediators can help our clients to focus on their issues and interests, without staking out intractable positions or attacking the other person’s character or personality.