There are a few different methods for divorce in family law other than litigation. Mediation is one of the more modern alternatives when dealing with divorce. Mediation can help resolve family law issues by using a neutral person to help both parties come to a final agreement.
The purpose of a mediator is to assist the couple and help them identify and resolve the priorities and needs of each individual in a neutral manor. The mediator will not force either party to settle if both parties do not agree on the terms.
In recent years, various alternative methods of divorce have been gaining currency among family law practitioners. Collaborative divorce is one such method. The aim of collaborative divorce is to reduce conflict while dissolving a marriage in a cooperative and respectful fashion.
In a traditional (or litigation-based) divorce, the members of the divorcing couple are positioned as opponents, with their respective attorneys competing on their behalf for rights and resources. While this process is appropriate, and sometimes a necessity for some divorces, it can have a number of disadvantages. Litigation is often costly, complicated, and acrimonious. As traditional divorces are processed through the court system, they proceed along a timeline that is often cumbersome and inconvenient. And since litigated divorce is a competitive process, it can breed mistrust and resentment.