About Us

The Center for Principled Advocacy is a non-profit organization that promotes alternatives to litigation in resolving marriage and parenting issues in Ohio. The Center provides information to individuals facing divorce and custody issues and trains attorneys and other professionals in collaboration, mediation and other dispute resolution approaches.

Why do we do this?

After watching countless clients counter-productively pursue hostile approaches to divorce, a group of Northern Ohio divorce attorneys formed The Center for Principled Family Advocacy over two decades ago in 1999. The Center trains attorneys and other professionals and advisors in alternate methods for resolving divorce, parental and other family issues. We know most families in transition need constructive solutions, not litigation.

Today, a select number of highly skilled area attorneys are assisting their clients to move forward to the next phase in their lives. Sensible alternatives to litigation create more livable futures for couples and their children, usually at one-half to two-thirds the cost of litigation. While a combative divorce can produce high attorney fees long in to the future, the resulting destruction is rarely worth the fight for anyone involved.

Center members understand the economic, social and emotional impact of divorce and other family conflicts. To minimize the negative effects of contested family disputes, Center members discuss with clients all available processes by which the matter can be resolved.

The Center for Principled Family Advocacy is committed to:

  • Returning to individual clients and families control over which process is used in resolving family conflicts.
  • Identifying all the reasonable and appropriate processes available including principled negotiation, collaboration, mediation, facilitated negotiation, arbitration, litigation and parent coordination.
  • Reducing the trauma experienced by families during divorce and other family conflicts.
  • By returning the choice of the process to you, the individual, Center members assist in restoring dignity and reducing pain for those involved in family disputes.

By returning the choice of the process to you, the individual, Center members assist in restoring dignity and reducing pain for those involved in family disputes.

Do you know someone heading for divorce?

If you are a therapist, couples counselor, pastor, lawyer, physician or anyone with clients, patients, family or friends facing or going through divorce, please encourage them to learn about alternatives to litigation that will lead to smarter decisions, less financial burden and better new lives.

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