Every family is unique, so it’s no surprise that one approach to divorce doesn’t work for everyone. That’s why there are different options that can help you move your family into a new phase successfully. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) tactics give options for divorce outside of the courtroom. Talk with your attorney about how these approaches may work for you:

Collaboration

Collaboration is the first of two options that keep your divorce private. This approach only requires the divorcing couple and their respective lawyers. You will collaborate to come up with an agreement that works for everyone. A collaborative approach is a great option if you and your spouse are both honest about information like assets and are able to work together.

Mediation

Mediation is similar to collaboration but adds one more involved party: the mediator. If you and your spouse want control over your divorce, but also need someone to help facilitate your discussions, mediation can be a great option. The mediator cannot give input into your agreement but rather is there to help you talk through things privately. Ultimately, you and your spouse will come up with the final agreement.

Litigation

If your divorce feels particularly tense and you and your spouse just can’t come to an agreement, you may need to resort to litigation in court. Though this option is not private, it puts decisions in the hands of a judge and does not require you to sit down with your spouse to work through things.

Your lawyer will be able to help you decide which approach your family should take to divorce. Every family is different, so be sure to explore the different dispute resolution options that will help you transition through change as smoothly as possible.