Alternative Dispute Resolution
Cooperative Dissolution of Marriage
Katie Arthurs works with opposing counsel and the parties to negotiate a mutually agreeable resolution prior to filing any pleadings with the court. Once the parties have reached a settlement, Katie drafts the necessary documents to file with the court to be adopted. Katie guides families, including those in high-conflict situations, to create detailed and tailored parenting plans that address parenting time schedules, medical and education decisions, and the payment of child related expenses.
A collaborative divorce is an agreement between two spouses and their respective counsel to work together in a series of “four-way” planned meetings to attain successful resolutions. Katie utilizes this process to minimize the negative economic, social, and emotional consequences of litigation. While parties may not initially agree on the substance of a settlement, a collaborative divorce provides the mechanism to cooperate to achieve compromise. The process promotes a team approach, which offers the parties control over the divorce timetable, agenda, decision making, and outcome.
As a professionally trained divorce mediator, Katie is jointly hired by the parties to facilitate confidential discussions to help them make informed decisions to reach agreeable solutions on the issues presented. Mediation focuses on problem solving and provides the parties control over the outcome. In turn, the process can be less expensive. While a mediator cannot provide legal advice, the process of mediation places the parties in the driver’s seat to determine the future, which can be both empowering and rewarding.
What are the benefits of mediation?
- Participants control the outcome;
- Process is confidential and avoids the public display of private, personal problems;
- Process is less expensive, both financially and emotionally;
- Process is faster than litigation and less stressful;
- Participants and the mediator address the unique needs of each dispute;
- Participants learn how to communicate and cooperate on issues; and
- Medication can be used for temporary arrangements that can be easily altered.