More couples are seeking amicable and cooperative ways to end their marriages. Rather than taking their conflict to the public forum of the civil court, they choose mediation, collaboration or other more peaceful ways to divorce. Using these methods, couples discuss matters such as asset division, child custody and support issues with the assistance of neutral third parties.
Studies show that couples who successfully resolve their disputes using these alternative methods often have a better relationship after the divorce, which benefits everyone if they have children to co-parent. Unfortunately, alternative dispute resolution is not ideal for every situation.