Options for Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Getting divorced is often considered very emotional and difficult and is typically associated with lengthy court battles where a judge decides your fate. While divorces generally are emotional and difficult, they don’t necessarily need to take place in a courtroom and they don’t need to be a bitter fight until the very end. In fact, there are options that allow couples to make decisions for themselves and decide their own future in a divorce. Couples who wish to stay out of the courtroom and have a relatively amicable divorce may want to consider a form of alternative dispute resolution for their divorce. There are many different options for alternative dispute resolution that should be taken into consideration. Some of these options include:

  • Mediation: each spouse will retain an attorney and will work together as a team to resolve contested matters of the divorce
  • Arbitration: this is similar to a courtroom process where an arbitrator replaces a judge and the process is much less formal than typical courtroom proceedings
  • Neutral evaluation: a neutral third party will review the couple’s contested matters and then make a recommendation to the court
  • Collaborative divorce: along with their own attorneys, the couple will work together to make decisions about the divorce. If it is unsuccessful, the couple will have to go to court and obtain new counsel

If you have questions about divorce options, contact us today.

If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today. 

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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