Litigation vs. Alternative Dispute Resolution

At Maddox & Gerock, we believe that litigation should typically be a last resort in family law cases. Resolving family disputes through a less contentious method is usually best for everyone involved. However, litigation is one of the cornerstones of our country's legal system, and it serves an important purpose in certain situations.

Depending on your particular needs, our lawyers are able to take your case to trial or represent you in mediation, arbitration or collaborative law. Regardless of the method, the attorneys at Maddox & Gerock will be zealous advocates for you and your cause.

Using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Methods

Our Virginia attorneys understand that family law disputes can trigger anxiety, anger and other strong emotions. To overcome some of these feelings, we often encourage mediation, arbitration or other out-of-court methods of resolving disputes.

These alternative methods often minimize conflict and legal fees, allow clients more control over the process and outcome, and allow clients to move forward in their lives more quickly and with more certainty. However, mediation is not a good fit for everyone, and some cases do need to go to trial.

Litigating a Family Law Case

At Maddox & Gerock, we provide our clients with a practical expectation of the outcome of litigation so that a realistic assessment of settlement and negotiation options can be made.

We emphasize the importance of understanding how each decision affects the overall and long-term goals of the case. We help clients to look beyond their emotions to choose the best course of action needed to accomplish their goals. Where children are concerned, we focus on their best interests while zealously advocating our clients' goals.

If litigation is the best course of action in a particular case, our lawyers have the in-depth trial skill necessary to diligently represent our clients' interests in court.

Contact Us

To discuss your particular situation and learn whether ADR or litigation is best for you, schedule a consultation. Call our Falls Church office at 703-883-8035 or send us an email.