Alternatives To Litigated Divorce

Last updated on March 9, 2021

At Sheridan Law, my focus is on guiding you through an emotionally difficult time in a constructive and effective way. When there is conflict and feelings are hurt, it is sometimes difficult to make thoughtful decisions.

That’s where I come in. Where possible, I promote mediation and collaboration. These alternatives to litigation can help resolve your family law disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. There are numerous advantages in handling family disputes in this way:

  • The process is less expensive
  • It carries less risk than a trial
  • There is more privacy than a court hearing
  • You retain control of the issues
  • The agreement is reached by consensus so it is more likely to last and be followed by both parties

Mediation And Collaborative Law

I devote my practice entirely to family law matters and represent people from all backgrounds. From experience, I know that not all divorces can be resolved through mediation or collaboration, and if necessary, I can take your case to court. When I meet you, I will discuss all of the options available and explain how the most contentious issues can be resolved without the need for litigation.

Agreements reached through mediation and collaboration are comprehensive. Areas usually dealt with include:

  • Division of the marital home
  • Responsibility for debts
  • Child custody and visitation (parenting plan)
  • Child support
  • Financial support or alimony

During mediation and collaboration, you make the decisions, not the lawyer and not the judge. Because both sides actively participate in constructing any settlement, the agreement stands a far greater chance of working out in practice.

Contact Me For Answers

I am here to help you navigate the divorce process in a non-confrontational way. You can contact me at 508-507-8222 or using the online contact form. I know that you may be anxious and you will have many questions, so I am available in emergencies and for evening and weekend consultations. I serve clients throughout Massachusetts.