It is increasingly common for men and women to agree that they want a divorce and that they want to maintain an amicable relationship. They may already agree on many of the issues of marital property division and child custody, or they may have some areas where they need help reaching agreement.

In the situation where the parties are amenable to reaching an out-of-court settlement with regard to their divorce, our attorneys are experienced in drafting marriage settlement agreements to resolve the outstanding equitable distribution, or property division issues. These agreements alleviate the necessity of litigating the divorce in court, which is attractive to many couples who want to resolve their issues in an amicable and cost effective way.

Mediation can involve the use of a neutral third party to help negotiate a divorce settlement agreement or may be accomplished by one of our attorneys in order to resolve a divorce outside of court. Divorce mediation is generally less costly, takes less time, and produces legal separation and divorce agreements that both parties find agreeable. Because mediation may be more sensitive to the emotional needs of the two people, it can maintain or even build a better working relationship.

If you find that your partner is unwilling to negotiate or to accept the settlement process openly or if there is history of violence or personal threats, then you may need to approach this process more formally through the courts or other third party. Our firm has handled many cases through the family court system and can provide this service through cost effective means.

In order to ensure that your rights are being protected throughout a divorce, it is important to retain a law firm with expertise in all aspects of family law, so that your divorce, custody, support, and alimony cases are all handled in a professional and efficient manner. Further, at McGrail & Associates, we are experienced in the areas of real estate law, corporate law, and bankruptcy law, all which may be issues that are relevant throughout the divorce process and in resolving equitable distribution issues.