Alternate Dispute Resolution

Divorce is stressful, both emotionally and financially. Ms. Setzer has litigated numerous family law cases, and has seen the toll that litigation takes on clients both emotionally and financially. Often parties are confused and unhappy with how the court rules in a case. This can happen because a judge only learns about you and your family through pleadings and oral argument. The courts are overloaded with cases, and there is not enough time for judges to give each case the attention it deserves.

The various forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) require compromise from participants, but the trade off is that the ADR process allows you to maintain some measure of control over the outcome of your case, with significant financial savings compared to litigation. These ADR methods also help preserve family relationships in the long term, thereby allowing you to heal more easily. Another advantage of the various methods of ADR is that you can set your own timetable in terms of meetings and you are not bound by court schedules. This is especially important when children are involved.

While litigation is necessary at times, Ms. Setzer’s philosophy is to attempt to settle a parties’ case using one of the various methods of alternate dispute resolution, be it Mediation, Collaborative Divorce or Negotiated Settlement before resorting to the court for assistance. Agreements reached through ADR can still be filed with and enforced by the court if necessary.

By using Mediation (as both a Mediator and Consulting attorney), Collaborative Divorce and Negotiated Settlement methods, Ms. Setzer has assisted hundreds of clients in resolving difficult and complex family law issues peacefully, as an alternative to traditional litigation. The complexity of the issue is not necessarily predictive of success in using an alternative method to resolve the issues. It is often the willingness of clients to compromise and reach a reasonable solution to their differences that is most significant.

During your consultation, Ms. Setzer will review and explain and compare the various methods of resolving conflict and assist you in identifying those that are right for your situation.

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