Divorce Mediation Blog

Private Case Management: What and Why?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sometimes, people do not see mediation as an option for their cases for very good reasons; yet the public trial system does not meet their needs either. This can be due to time delays in the system, to the public-ness of the forum, to the subject area complexity of the matter to be tried, or other reasons. We have found in our practice that in these circumstances people are looking for an alternative way to manage cases outside of court, to the point of settlement or trial.

This means that they construct a process that is parallel to the courts, for the organized and efficient flow of a case to conclusion, with a professional who understands the legal substance, the subject matter content, the way court processes work and in whom the parties have mutual confidence. This person, who may be called a master or an arbitrator, holds initial conferences with the lawyers to lay out a road map for information gathering called discovery, for the creation of interim orders such as alimony, child support and custody. He or she sets up settlement conferences; and if necessary, tries the case as a judge would, except in a private setting and at the time and place determined by the parties.

Many clients and lawyers find this form of alternative dispute resolution to be effective and efficient.

Get e-mail notifications of new blog posts! Enter email address below.:

Delivered by FeedBurner

other articles

recent posts


self-adjusting alimony Family Law Arbitration special master divorce mediator lawyers family support divorce judgment divorce and family law mediators Massachusetts Obamacare mediations SJC arbitrators Massachusetts alimony health coverage divorce litigation Child Support Guidelines The Seven Sins of Alimony arbitration family law arbitrator MLB labor agreement Massachusetts divorce mediators family law Massachusetts lawyers Massachusetts divorce lawyers divorce arbitrators Levine Dispute Resolutions divorce mediators Defense of Marriage Act Uniform Arbitration Act traditional negotiations IRC §2704 Baseball Players Divorce divorce arbitration Chouteau Levine disputes high-risk methodology alimony law lawyer litigation family and probate law disputes alimony orders lawyer-attended mediation health insurance med-arb Baseball Arbitration arbitrator resolve disputes General term alimony Levine Dispute Resolution divorce process divorce agreement alimony statute Boston med/arb Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Cohabitation divorce arbitrator facilitated negotiations mediator separation DOMA Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act alimony private dispute resolution Act Reforming Alimony in the Commonwealth Alimony Reform Act mediation divorce mediations support orders Self-adjusting alimony orders medical benefits annulment mediators Baseball Matrimonial Arbitration COLA LDRC Major League Baseball Arbitration rehabilitative alimony Divorce Agreements family law arbitrators Same Sex Marriage how baseball arbitration works divorce and family law divorce mediation family law mediation divorce lawyers pre-ARA alimony alimony reform legislation Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC Massachusetts alimony and child support family mediation Levine Dispute Resolution Center child support fraud dispute resolution divorced conciliation