Category: Alternative Dispute Resolution

I Quit: Why Leaving the Collaborative Law Process Is Difficult (By Design)

January 12, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Collaborative Law, Divorce

Icon for author Robert Raver Robert Raver

Throughout the divorce litigation process, clients will ask their attorneys what the chances of success are on a particular motion or position for an upcoming hearing. Without a crystal ball, it is extremely difficult for practitioners to tell clients what will happen, so practitioners are left relying on experience – and anecdotal evidence — to estimate what may happen.  Every practitioner, however, after saying “you have a 50-50 shot at […]

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What Is Binding Arbitration?

January 12, 2018 | Alternative Dispute Resolution, Blog, Divorce

Icon for author Heather Trostle Smith Heather Trostle Smith

Binding arbitration may sound very scary to someone looking for an alternative way to resolve his or her divorce. (And, that’s on top of the already scary situation of the divorce itself.)  However, if you know what you are getting into by agreeing to arbitration, the process can have many positives over and above the more traditional process of litigating through the court system. In a binding arbitration, the parties […]

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Pittsburgh Family Law Attorneys Celebrate 2017 Conflict Resolution Day

Pittsburgh family law attorneys from our firm were on hand to commemorate Conflict Resolution Day 2017 on Oct. 19. The cocktail reception and awards presentation, held in downtown Pittsburgh at the Allegheny County Family Division Court Building, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Allegheny County’s Generations Program and the 35th anniversary of The Mediation Council of Western PA. Conflict Resolution Day was created by the Association for Conflict Resolution in 2005 to: […]

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What Is Divorce Mediation?

For many couples, the divorce process is extremely challenging, from both a financial and emotional perspective — there may be a great deal of tension between the couple regarding the divorce itself, and the high-conflict atmosphere introduced by some attorneys can lead to the provision of legal assistance that is not actually constructive for either party. Fortunately, since the introduction of no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania (married couples have the option […]

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