Often, when parties decide to end their marriage, they want to divorce without going to court. While it is impossible to obtain a divorce in Virginia without a legal process, there are many ways to reduce the expense, time and stress of a full divorce trial in Court. Non-court procedures using legal counsel and other professionals to facilitate the divorce process are known as “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR). They include options such as arbitration, mediation, and Collaborative divorce. Some of these procedures are ideal for parties who believe that they can resolve amicably some or all of the many questions and concerns that arise in a divorce, including division of assets, child custody, child support, and spousal support. Importantly, ADR is private, keeping your personal life out of the courts.
Alternative divorce resolution options must be mutually agreed upon between the parties. Working with an experienced family law attorney who understands these procedures can help make sure that the outcome of the parties’ negotiations is comprehensive and consistent with the laws governing divorce and family matters. At Mullett Dove Meacham & Bradley, we bring decades of experience to help our clients complete a discrete, private, faster, less expensive divorce process, guiding them through the steps they need to take to protect their interests and obtain a fair and equitable divorce agreement that will be accepted by the court.
If you want to learn more about alternative divorce resolution, contact us today for a consultation.