Third-Party Process

Because strong emotions often accompany a family law issue, some couples want a third-party to help them communicate and resolve their problem.

  • Involves direct negotiation between the parties facilitated by a third-party (examples: therapist, minister, family friend, mediator)
  • Works best when parties have equal knowledge of facts and have a limited amount of emotion
  • Works best when legal issues and facts are uncomplicated
  • Works best if third-party can truly facilitate and not take sides
  • Does not work as well if the third-party becomes an advocate for one side
  • Can be difficult to find a qualified third-party who is willing to facilitate discussion
  • Parties may or may not have lawyers
  • Parties may or may not exchange information relevant to the issues
  • Parties may or may not employ other experts to assist with information and advice
  • Lawyers are normally employed to draft settlement document and appropriate closing documents
  • Generally, an economical way to resolve a dispute