Alternative Dispute Resolution

Experienced Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals

Our Suffolk County Divorce Lawyer Can Provide Options

While divorce is generally known as an adversarial process between two spouses, more and more couples are discovering that dissolving their marriage does not require a protracted, costly, and painful courtroom confrontation. For couples who can still work together, there are forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that are recognized, utilized, and even encouraged by the New York courts. At the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P. C., we believe that our clients should have access to the best legal options when it comes to their divorce. We recognize the many benefits of ADR and have helped numerous clients navigate these processes to amicable, fair, and secure outcomes. Put two decades of experience in your corner as you explore your ADR options. Use our online form to request a free consultation today.

ADR Options

The state of New York recognizes that not every divorcing couple needs a judge to settle disputes between spouses. Because of this, couples now have the option to seek alternative means to decide the terms of their divorce on their own and only seek final approval from the courts once an agreement is reached.

Popular ADR options include:

  • Mediation: Both spouses and their counsel meet with a mediator (sometimes separately, sometimes together) to decide the terms of their divorce.
  • Arbitration: Arbitration is similar to the courtroom process, but with fewer formalities and more flexible evidence rules. In this process, an arbitrator replaces the role of the judge.
  • Neutral evaluation: A neutral party with expertise in the disputed issue will review the couple’s conflict and submit its recommendation to the court for consideration.
  • Collaborative law: The couple and their respective attorneys work together to decide all the terms of the divorce. This work can be intensive and in the event court is still needed, both parties must hire new counsel.

These ADR options (and others) are often less costly and time-consuming for the divorcing couple—along with giving them greater control over the entire process. To further explore your options, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.