The Courtless Divorce


Most couples seeking an end to their marriage hire lawyers and head to divorce court. In some instances that may be the most prudent course of action, but in many it is not.

Find a mediator.

A process that allows divorcing couples to meet with a specially trained, neutral third-party to discuss and resolve common divorce-related issues.

Find a collaborative lawyer.

A structured and cooperative out-of-court approach to problem-solving that allows those in a legal dispute to work together with their attorneys toward a solution in a positive, results-focused setting.


In The Courtless Divorce: A smart way to end a marriage., Michael Heath makes the case for considering collaborative law, mediation and even arbitration as alternatives to the more expensive, and emotionally taxing, process of divorce litigation.


Divorce is traumatic. It affects children and parents are responsible for doing their part to make the experience as least stressful as possible. Download this list and keep it handy. Read it often and follow the advice. It will be better for the kids, and for you.


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