Process Options

Divorce in St. Louis is undoubtedly a difficult and emotionally charged experience. It is important to know that there are different paths to consider when approaching the process other than fighting in Court.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is a less adversarial and more cooperative method of resolving the issues in your divorce. Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, and Arbitration are alternative dispute resolution methods that can help you find common ground and reach mutually acceptable agreements. This approach can save time, money, and emotional strain compared to traditional courtroom litigation. More info…

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce is a divorce option that promotes open communication and cooperation between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. In this process, you and your spouse retain your own Collaborative Divorce attorney but commit to resolving the issues in your case outside of court. You and your spouse will engage in transparent discussions with the help of your attorneys, a neutral financial specialist, and a mental health professional. This approach is particularly effective when you and your spouse want to prioritize their children’s well-being. More info…


Mediation involves a neutral third-party mediator facilitating discussions between you and your spouse. Unlike a judge, the mediator doesn’t make decisions but helps guide the conversation, ensuring that both perspectives are heard. Mediation empowers you to actively participate in crafting your own agreements, which can lead to more personalized and sustainable outcomes. More info…


Litigation is the conventional approach to divorce that involves presenting your case before a judge. You and your spouse each have your own attorney to advocate for your interests. While litigation may be necessary in some cases, it is generally considered the most adversarial and costly option. It also often results in decisions being made by a third party—the judge—rather than by you and your spouse. Litigation should be considered a last resort in most divorce cases.

Contact an Experienced St. Louis Family Law Attorney Today

Family Ally is experienced in all aspects of family law in the St. Louis area. Contact us today to discuss your options for divorce.