ADR, Mediation And Collaborative Family Law

If you are committed to resolving divorce or custody issues out of court, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may be an option. Mediation and collaborative family law often help couples avoid the emotional and financial costs of litigation while still protecting their interests.

Collaborative Family Law

In collaborative divorce, each party is still represented by a lawyer, but the spouses and attorneys sign an agreement not to litigate. By removing the specter of a courtroom battle, both sides can commit to working out an acceptable settlement covering property, custody and visitation, child support and related issues. Collaborative family law often includes child psychologists, counselors and other professionals to help settle family disputes and arrive at a resolution that addresses everyone's interests.

Collaborative law has many advantages over divorce litigation:

  • The confidential proceeding is not public, so your dirty laundry is not aired or published.
  • There is no adversarial discovery or deposition process.
  • Collaboration is quicker and less expensive.
  • Children are spared the additional trauma of being caught in the middle.

Family Law Mediation

In mediation, the mediator acts as a neutral third party to help couples or parents reach a divorce settlement or custody agreement. Parents would each have their own attorney to provide them legal advice. If an agreement is reached, we draft it and submit it to the court for entry of a judgment. If divorce mediation does not produce an agreement, you are free to proceed to litigation.

Experienced Legal Counsel

ADR, collaborative family law and mediation are not right for every situation. For these modalities to work both sides must be committed and willing to compromise. With more than 25 years of experience and Board Certification in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, John J. Pfister, Jr. is eminently qualified to advise you on your legal options and advise you of your best interests.

Contact Pfister & Associates today to discuss your case. You can call us 24 hours a day at 972-712-6700, and we respond promptly to all inquiries. Our Frisco, Texas, law firm represents clients in Collin County and Denton County, Plano and the North Dallas area.