What processes are available to settlement my case?
If you would like to settle your case without going to court, you have several options.
- Direct Negotiation
Many couples are able to work out agreements between themselves on some or all of the issues arising from their marriage. Even if you cannot resolve your case completely, you can reduce your later costs and time spent by reaching agreement where you can. You should speak to an attorney before finalizing any agreement and make sure an attorney drafts a comprehensive agreement for you and your spouse to sign. Direct negotiation is not advisable when there is violence or abuse in the relationship or an imbalance of power.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process. In this process, the parties work with a neutral third party to discuss their issues and come to an agreement. Mediation can be a very cost-effective means of resolving a case. Cole Miller PLLC attorneys Teresa S. Cole and Virginia C. Haizlip are both trained mediators and work with couples to mediate their cases. Additionally, our attorneys regularly advise clients who are going through mediation with other services and represent clients in attorney-assisted mediation.
- Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative Divorce is also an alternative dispute resolution process. In this process, the parties work with collaboratively trained attorneys to discuss their issues and come to an agreement. The Collaborative Divorce process can also involve other team members, such as mental health professionals and financial neutrals. The Collaborative Divorce process involves a commitment not to litigate and to be transparent and honest. Cole Miller PLLC attorneys Teresa S. Cole and Virginia C. Haizlip are both trained in the collaborative process and are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.