Dispute Resolution Alternatives

Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law Services
For the Greater Houston & Conroe, TX Areas

Going to trial is only one option for clients with family law conflicts. Your J&K attorney can explain all of the dispute resolution methods available in family law and help you decide the best path for your case.  The following are the “alternative dispute resolution” methods that help to resolve the issues outside the courthouse.

Mediation

Harris County and most other Texas counties require mediation before parties can proceed to trial in a family law matter. Mediation utilizes a third-party neutral mediator to assist in the resolution of your case through what is usually a day-long settlement process conducted by the mediator. The J&K team is skilled in negotiation and we give mediation the thorough preparation necessary for a successful outcome.

Arbitration

Arbitration is an alternative to a “courthouse” trial.  In the arbitration process the parties agree to submit their family law dispute to an arbitrator experienced in family law who will act as the judge in their case. Arbitration is a trial, but one which can be conducted in a less formal and more efficient manner, alleviating the long wait for the court to “reach” your case.  Arbitration allows for a trial to be set at a time and place that is the most convenient for the litigants and eliminates the public airing of private problems.  Arbitration can save money as well as time.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a less adversarial approach to the resolution of a divorce. In the collaborative process, the parties and their counsel agree in writing not to resort to litigation. Each party retains his or her own attorney and works cooperatively to reach an agreement without the court’s intervention. However, in the event you cannot resolve the case, each attorney must withdraw and the parties will need to hire new counsel and pursue the divorce through litigation. This aspect of the collaborative model provides added incentive to the parties and attorneys to work diligently to settle the case.

Collaborative law is designed to create a safe and constructive environment during the divorce process. This model focuses on finding solutions to disputes rather than delivering blame or arguing, provided that the parties commit to fully disclose all pertinent details regarding the family dynamic and finances. It puts the clients, and any children or other family members, at the center of the discussion to ensure that every decision is made with everyone’s best interest in mind. This model often provides a more expedient, and far less expensive way to conclude your case. Most collaborative cases are concluded to create a positive framework for future interactions between you and your spouse, especially in cases where children are involved.

Several of our attorneys are trained in the collaborative model and possess the problem-solving and negotiating skills necessary to effectively conduct a case under the collaborative law model. We serve clients from Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.