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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Laforge

The Power of Resolution in Family Law: A Guide to Navigating Difficult Times

With over a decade of experience as a family lawyer, I've seen how the adversarial process can exacerbate the challenges families face. This experience has led me to specialize in resolution, a transformative approach to family law that prioritizes collaboration over confrontation. In this blog post, I'll delve into the significant differences between resolution and litigation, explain why all family law cases are suitable for resolution, and outline the practical steps involved in the resolution process.

The Pitfalls of Adversarial Litigation
Adversarial litigation, the conventional approach to family law, often fans the flames of conflict. It encourages parties to focus on each other's flaws and weaknesses, deepening animosity and straining relationships. Rather than seeking common ground, it drives a wedge deeper between parties already in distress.

The Beauty of Resolution in Family Law
Resolution, on the other hand, presents an entirely different perspective for several reasons:

Preserving Relationships: Resolution prioritizes cooperation, preserving crucial relationships in family matters, especially for co-parenting after divorce.

Customized Solutions: It tailors solutions to unique family circumstances, ensuring a personalized fit, which is often unattainable through court.

Empowerment and Control: Parties maintain control over their futures, promoting ownership and responsibility for the outcomes.

Cost-Effective and Time-Efficient: Resolution is typically more cost-effective and quicker compared to protracted court battles.

Privacy and Confidentiality: It offers a private and confidential space for discussions, protecting sensitive matters from public exposure.

Reducing Emotional Stress: Resolution fosters a more cooperative atmosphere, alleviating emotional strain during the process.

It's about finding common ground and building upon shared interests. For instance, consider a case involving young parents with a small toddler and an impending addition to the family. Through resolution, we tailored a parenting schedule that uniquely suited their family's needs—a solution that court proceedings couldn't have delivered.

Why All Family Law Cases Are Suited for Resolution
One common misconception is that only certain family law cases are "worthy" of court battles. From my extensive experience, I firmly believe that resolution is the ideal approach for all family law cases. By choosing resolution, parties can minimize conflict, retain control over their decisions, and prioritize the well-being of everyone involved.

Debunking the Mediation Misconception
Mediation often faces the misconception that it's a "waste of time." Contrary to this notion, mediation provides a structured and supportive environment for parties to lay the foundation for a meaningful resolution process. It's about building robust, sustainable solutions rather than rushing to hasty conclusions.

The Stages of Resolution
The resolution process typically unfolds through several stages:

Several key stages pave the way for amicable and tailored solutions. It all begins with the initial meeting and intake, where parties, guided by a mediator or lawyer specializing in resolution, personally and privately discuss their unique circumstances, setting the stage for open communication. Subsequently, parties sign a mediation agreement, outlining expectations, with a focus on honesty and transparency. The heart of the process lies in mediation sessions, which can vary in number and duration, ranging from a few hours to multiple meetings, depending on the complexity of the issues, the parties involved, and other factors. These sessions provide a structured and confidential platform for parties to engage in constructive dialogue, brainstorm resolutions, and collaboratively shape agreements that align with their specific needs and concerns. Throughout this journey, the resolution process empowers parties to take an active role in finding common ground and crafting lasting solutions, all while maintaining control over the outcomes, fostering understanding, and prioritizing the well-being of those involved.

The Benefits of Resolution
The advantages of choosing resolution are numerous:

- Parties gain a profound understanding of each other's perspectives;
- The cost is significantly lower than court proceedings;
- The process unfolds over several meetings in just a few short weeks, compared to the lengthy and stressful nature of court battles; and
- Compassion and understanding replace judgment and sanctions.

Maintaining a Client-Centric Approach
My practice revolves around an interest base approach. I prioritize understanding the underlying needs of the parties, going beyond the immediate issues on the table. By doing so, I ensure that my clients feel heard, valued, and supported throughout the resolution process.

Our Blog's Mission
Through this blog, my mission is to provide insight and knowledge to help individuals prepare for the resolution of their family matters. I want to empower families to navigate these challenging times with confidence, compassion, and the understanding that there is a better way.

If you have questions or wish to explore resolution options for your family law case, please don't hesitate to reach out to me via email at

The power of resolution in family law cannot be underestimated. It offers a transformative approach that prioritizes collaboration, customization, and cost-effectiveness. Together, let's choose resolution and pave the way for more positive and constructive family outcomes.


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