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.
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 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 is a less adversarial approach to the resolution of a divorce. In the collaborative law process, the parties and their counsel agree in writing not to resort to litigation. Several of our attorneys are trained in the collaborative process and possess the problem-solving and negotiating skills necessary to effectively conduct a case under the collaborative law model. Collaborative law often provides a more expedient and far less expensive way to conclude your case and often sets a positive framework for future interaction between you and your spouse, especially in cases where children are involved.