Category: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Collaborative Law: Latest Trend in Divorce the New Normal

The breakup of a marriage often involves heated, angry, hurt feelings. Despite this, many couples identify maintaining family harmony as a top goal in reorganizing their lives and moving their separate ways. Collaborative law with Pittsburgh family law attorneys is a way to work through the details of a divorce in a fair, cordial, private and cost-effective manner. It facilitates communication between the divorcing spouses to enable them to make decisions […]

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Considering Divorce: Discover Options

May 23, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Mediation

Icon for author Heather Trostle Smith Heather Trostle Smith

No two marriages are the same, and so it only follows no two divorces will be the same either. While the majority of divorcing couples today choose the traditional model of litigated divorce, keep in mind litigated does not mean the divorce ends up in court. In fact, the vast majority of all divorce cases are resolved by an out-of-court settlement agreement, each choosing a slightly different route of dispute […]

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Divorce in Focus: Interests Over Positions

Consider for a moment why you want something, not just what it is you want. There’s a difference. We often take positions asking for what we want without divulging the why. It’s an argumentative tactic we learn even at a young age to ensure an outcome in our favor. Yet understanding the distinction between what and why can lead to a faster, or easier, settlement when it comes to divorce […]

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Mediation or Collaborative Law?

Mediation and collaborative law are two types of alternative dispute resolution processes with a highly important similarity — the goal of amicable resolution. The mediation process commences with the parties involved hiring a mediator to assist them in reaching their goal of settlement. The mediator does not represent either party. The parties each have their respective counsel should he or she choose to be represented. The mediator commonly advises the […]

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