Collaborative Divorce & Mediation

Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Law and Other Non-Adversarial Solutions

While divorce mediation is a relatively common practice in Alabama, the use of collaborative law techniques to find a workable agreement in matters of divorce, child custody, support and property division is a newer approach.

In a collaborative divorce, both parties hire an attorney with an understanding that if the negotiation or mediation fails, the attorneys will withdraw from the case. This may seem strange at first, but this is one of the unique strengths of collaborative law. It means that your attorney is truly invested in working out a real solution and helping you avoid the cost and stress of litigation.

Like any form of alternative dispute resolution (often referred to as ADR), collaborative divorce or mediation can enable you to maintain control of the process instead of turning over some of the most important decisions in your life to a judge.


Whether in a contested divorce, divorce mediation, or a collaborative proceeding, the law firm of Shelley L. Bilbrey, PC, in Huntsville can offer you the sound guidance, experienced representation and caring support you need. Our firm has the resources and connections to engage financial experts to help resolve disputes over property, assets or debts. We routinely call upon the services of respected child psychologists and licensed marriage and family therapists to help manage the impact of divorce on our clients' children.

Advantages of Divorce Mediation vs Litigation

MediationLitigation
Mediation and drafting of agreement can occur on the same dayJudge makes final decision based on state guidelines
Parties approve their own agreementJudge imposes an order
No need for discovery, subpoenaed records, depositions, correspondenceInvolves obtaining discovery and subpoenaed records, mediation, depositions, court appearances
Time frame for the entire process ranges from 30 days to several weeksTime frame ranges from several months to years
Shorter time frame = fewer hours billed by attorneyLonger process = more hours billed by attorneys, mediator, court reporter, and experts
Less stress on the parties and their childrenExtreme stress and conflict for the parties and their children
Attorney Shelley L. Bilbrey is a trained mediator and facilitator of the collaborative divorce process. She can apply her skill and experience to help you find real solutions in a process that is characterized by free exchange of information, honest negotiation, transparency and mutual respect.

In many cases, a judge just can't do for you what you can do for yourself. It is hard for a judge who doesn't know your family to make the best long term decisions regarding custody, visitation and child support. When a domestic relations case goes to trial, everybody usually loses. We believe all parties' interests can be best served by negotiating fair and workable agreements out of court. Contact us today to learn more about collaborative divorce and mediation in an informative initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.

No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.