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What you need to know about choices, control
and the future when the end of marriage is unavoidable

The Center for Principled Family Advocacy promotes alternatives to litigation in resolving marriage and parenting issues in Ohio. The Center provides information to those facing divorce and custody issues and trains attorneys and other professionals in arbitration, collaboration, mediation and other dispute resolution approaches.

Facing divorce? You probably assume you’re in for a long and painful courtroom process. Divorce can devour your financial and emotional resources and leave your post-divorce life filled with confrontations and constant courtroom battles.

It doesn’t have to.

You have alternatives to costly litigation and a lifetime of hostility


You and your spouse can choose a guided, proven and court-approved method for ending your marriage and settling parenting issues. Aside from lowering costs, a non-litigation approach is more likely to produce a more livable future for you and your separated family.

You might be hurt and angry now. That’s human. Yet eventually you will want to get on with your life. If divorce is unavoidable, it makes sense to keep yours as constructive as possible.

Giving in to anger is almost always a mistake. Pursuing litigation and other activities at any cost to get back at your spouse prolongs the agony. It can also increase costs and reduce your options.


                                             Give yourself choices.


Empower yourself. Create the best possible future for you and your children. Speak with an attorney trained and experienced in alternatives to litigating your divorce and family issues.

When you hire a Center-trained lawyer, he or she will explain your options, including litigation, then guide you to the approach most suited to your situation.

All divorce settlements must be approved by a judge. In some cases, you will do better to give more decision-making power to the judge, arbitrator or the attorneys. But the more choices you make for yourself, the more control you have and the more likely you are to get a result you prefer.

If you’re facing divorce, consider all there is to gain through cooperation, understanding and maintaining a level of mutual respect. You may find you can overcome any negative feelings from your marriage, and, with the guidance of a Center-trained attorney, do the right thing for you and your children.

Have a question? Contact The Center for Principled Family Advocacy

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