Consider Mediation Or A Collaborative Law Approach For Your Divorce Or Family Matter

Getting a divorce does not have to mean going before a judge in a public courtroom. Remember: A family law judge does not know your family as you do. Many couples wisely choose to keep control of their destinies in a divorce or family matter through alternative dispute resolution methods. All family law issues can be decided using these techniques:

  • Settlement negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative law

Founding attorney Elyse B. Butler was named one of the “10 Best” in client satisfaction for the state of California by the American Institute of Family Attorneys. Together with our experienced legal staff, we help clients keep your private matters out of the courtroom through alternative forms of dispute resolution.


If you believe your divorce is uncontested, you and your spouse can create a written agreement that you will submit to the court after the divorce filing. This method allows you to create a path to divorce on your own terms.


It is common for divorcing couples and separating parents to disagree on some issues such as health insurance, the disposition of joint investments and parenting time schedules.

Through mediation, couples can address disputes in a thoughtful way outside of court. A neutral mediator can facilitate agreements in a private setting that will then be presented to a family law court.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law involves four-way meetings of each spouse (or unmarried parent) and specially trained collaborative law attorneys to negotiate an agreement outside of court. These meetings allow each spouse to bring in experts such as child psychologists and financial planners to provide input to both parties. Together, the spouses and their attorneys make a joint evaluation of the details of any disagreement and work together to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. If discussions fail, the process usually starts anew with different lawyers and added expense. This gives both parties a strong incentive to reach an agreement.

Get An Empathetic, Adept Family Law Attorney On Your Side

Through written agreements, mediation or collaborative law methods, many couples are able to reduce stress while saving time and money while negotiating divorce and family matters. If you are ready to take this path to resolve a divorce or family law dispute, contact Butler Law, PC by calling 619-514-3365 or requesting a consultation by email.