Dignified & Respectful "Out-of-Court" Settlement Approaches to Divorce & Family Law Matters

Mediation, Integrative Mediation and Collaborative Process assist people in taking responsibility to restructure significant family relationships, without having the Court make the decisions. Martie, as mediator, as integrative mediator or as your collaborative family law attorney, can support you in negotiating a separation, divorce, or the break-up of a domestic partnership in a collected and considerate manner. Martie works with you to create a fair and livable out-of-court settlement, including co-parenting, custody, visitation, property-division and support agreements to meet your particular needs and interests, and those of your spouse or partner, and children.

My mission is to help you reach a workable settlement in a calm and respectful manner, maximizing the emotional well-being and financial security of your whole family.
— Martie H. Leys, J.D.

What are Integrative Mediation and Collaborative Processes?

Integrative Mediation and Collaborative Process are both legal, out-of-court, team-work, problem-solving approaches which genuinely and realistically address the needs of all family members in a timely manner. Both approaches include a promise to stay out of court and work as negotiating partners, rather than adversaries, in arriving at the agreements that will ultimately be drafted into a marital settlement agreement.

A team of specially trained professionals assists you in developing effective solutions, tailored to your own particular needs and interests, and those of your family, including your spouse or partner, and children.

In Collaborative Process the team members include a collaboratively trained attorney for each party, one or two mental health professionals, serving as coaches to help keep communication focused, respectful and calm, a child specialist if there are children, and a financial specialist to help organize data, explore and analyze financial options.

In Integrative Mediation the professional team is more streamlined, including one specially trained attorney serving as mediator and a specially trained mental health professional also serving as a mediator. Each mediator helps to inform the negotiating and decision-making process from their respective expertise. If financial issues are complex and expertise is needed beyond what you and the attorney mediator can provide, a neutral financial specialist can be brought into the process.

Whether you choose Mediation, Integrative Mediation or Collaborative Process will depend on the level of professional support you and your partner or spouse need to be successful in staying calm and focused, sharing information and negotiating and creating agreements from your highest-intentioned selves. If each of you feels the need for your own attorney to feel supported, then Collaborative Process provides non-adversarial representation. On the court paperwork you are representing yourselves, but have the advice and support of your own collaboratively trained attorney as you work to reach agreements. Otherwise, either Mediation or Integrative Mediation may provide enough professional support.

Which Family Law Disputes Can Be Resolved With Mediation, Integrative Mediation or Collaborative Process?

  • Separation and Divorce
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Spousal and Child Support
  • Equitable Property Division
  • Domestic Partner and Significant Relationship Break-ups
  • Guardianship & Conservatorships

Integrative Mediation and the Collaborative Process Cost Less and Are More Efficient than Traditional Settlement or Litigation

Both Integrative Mediation and Collaborative Process are highly structured with a careful choreography of team professionals, which cuts costs and provides more lasting value for the money you must spend. The mental health mediator or the coaches help you build better skills in communicating clearly, and completing the process as quickly as possible. They are better suited to support you in keeping on track through the emotional aspects of the process and bill at a lower hourly rate than attorneys charge. In Collaborative Process, you and your spouse pay for and gain the expertise of one neutral Financial Specialist rather than paying two attorneys higher hourly fees to develop and project financial scenarios. A Child Specialist knowledgeable in the developmental needs of children costs less and can better assist you than two attorneys in developing your co-parenting plan. The mental health mediator also brings the skills of a child specialist in helping you build a co-parenting plan tailored to the needs of your children.

The attorney mediator or collaborative attorneys help you negotiate and weave together all the pieces of a cohesive livable settlement agreement, and get you through the necessary legal procedures in an efficient manner. None of your precious resources are wasted paying unnecessary legal fees for foot dragging, waiting around the courthouse for settlement conferences, motions, hearings or trials, or having to go to court to force disclosure of necessary information. Your valuable time and money are spent only on getting to a workable settlement in the shortest time possible.

Why Choose Integrative Mediation or Collaborative Process?

You have the support you need to be self-aware and calm.

You take responsibility for making healthy decisions.

An Interdisciplinary Team Approach assists you in understanding perspectives and building consensus.

Private Process • No Court Appearances • No Trial
Private informal, confidential meetings meet your process needs, according to your schedule.

Less Expensive • More Efficient • Personalized Process
You pay for fewer billable hours. Your Integrative or Collaborative Process Team are tailored to meet your needs and budget.

Protects the Children
You are supported in addressing your children's essential needs. A Child Specialist or Mental Health Mediator as part of the team will help you and your spouse or partner understand and best serve your children's specific requirements and build the best co-parenting plans.

Reduces Conflict and Stress
The Integrative Mediators or Divorce Coaches assist you in saying what needs to be said with clarity and respect.

Practical Financial Results
The Integrative Mediators or a Financial Specialist assists you and your spouse or partner in finding practical and effective financial options.

Builds A More Creative, Workable Settlement Agreement
You and your Integrative or Collaborative Team help you work out settlement terms you can say yes to.