Efficient, Experienced Family Law Collaboration And Representation

Helping Couples Find A Different Path Through Divorce

Many couples believe that the only way to protect their interests as they end their marriage is to fight things out in court. However, litigated divorce is only one option available to couples as they navigate the divorce process.

Meinerts Law Office, P.A., guides clients in the south metro through all of their divorce options, allowing them to explore alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods in addition to a litigated divorce. Attorney Merlyn Meinerts has spent more than 30 years building his skill in the art of negotiation and is a Rule 114 qualified mediator. He brings this skill and experience to every client’s divorce, helping them find a different path toward the next phase of their life.

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative dispute resolution refers to a variety of different methods that work toward a divorce resolution without a trial. These methods may include:

  • Mediation – In mediation, a mediator guides a couple through negotiations, facilitating their conversation and acting as a neutral third party as they discuss.
  • Early Neutral Evaluation (“ENE”) – Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (“FENE”) and Social Early Neutral Evaluation (“SENE”) are a form of ADR that is similar to mediation but empowers the provider to give their evaluative opinion – a useful tool to facilitate settlements.
  • Moderated Settlement Conference (“MSC”) – A MSC is often the last and final attempt at settling a case prior to trial.  MSC’s are typically conducted at the Court and may involve the input of the assigned judge.

Alternative dispute resolution is often less costly and less time-consuming than a traditional litigated divorce. The collaborative process also reduces conflict during the divorce process, reducing stress and promoting more civil interactions in the future if a couple will continue to own property together or co-parent after divorce.

Explore Your Options Today

More information about alternative dispute resolution methods is a phone call away. Reach out to Meinerts Law Office, P.A., through the firm’s online contact form or call 952-208-8500 to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney.