Individuals seeking divorce have several options available to them:

  1. Litigation
  2. Litigation is the court process in which parties file papers in the court regarding the problems they want the court to decide for them. Each party may have her or his own attorney or choose to represent herself or himself.

  3. Arbitration
  4. Arbitration is a private process in which the parties submit their issues in dispute to an unofficial person to be decided outside of the Court House. The Arbitrator is most often a retired judge or an attorney trained in this form of dispute resolution.

  5. Mediation
  6. Mediation is the process in which the parties present their differences to a third party who will assist them to settle the problems between them in a manner which is acceptable to both of them.

  7. Collaborative Divorce
  8. Collaborative Law is the process in which the parties and their attorneys work together on the issues they need to resolve in order to reach solutions in the best interests of both parties and their children. The parties may be assisted in this process by a mental health professional as a coach, a financial advisor, an accountant experienced in tax matters, or any professional required to set values on assets to be distributed between them.

Each of these separate options is intended to resolve issues of divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, distribution of marital assets and debts. Evelyn M. Hartmann is experienced and prepared to represent her clients in any of these options. Regardless of the option chosen, Evelyn M. Hartmann guides the clients in efforts to resolve their differences by agreement.

Family law includes issues of child support and parenting time for individuals who are not married, domestic violence, grandparents’ rights, guardianship, name change, and adoption, both domestic and international.

Second opinion: Individuals who are in the process of divorce or who have had family law matters in the court may find themselves uncertain about how their case is progressing. Evelyn M. Hartmann will review your documents and evaluate the status of the case in a confidential second opinion conference.