Joan A. Watters, Esq. 
                                                                                                                                                             California Attorney

Navigate and Control Your Own Case.  Resolve Family Law disputes with limited or no court intervention. Over 98% of my cases were resolved without any court intervention. This was accomplished by implementing private negotiation, private mediation, private arbitration, or collaborative practices to settle the case. Your private family issues remain private, and you play a much greater role in how your case is settled. While I no longer represent Family Law litigants, I do provide insight through an Alternate Dispute Resolution consultation, availalbe to both parties, or individually.  OUR CASES   TESTIMONIALS

Consider the following Alternate Dispute Resolution Methods:



Mediation is a non-judicial conflict resolution process involving a mediator of your choice. You can each have an attorney at your side, or you can choose to work directly with the mediator. The setting is informal, meaning that it could occur in an office, or a conference room. The mediator's job is to assist you in reaching agreement on those issues causing you difficulty. 

Your entire divorce can be resolved with the assistance of a trained mediator. You reach an agreement that you bothcreate. Because it is your agreement, you avoid future court proceedings where one party tries to undo what a court judge has decided for you.

Choose to stay out of court.




Arbitration is a process whereby you select the trained professional who will be the judge of your dispute. Arbitration is usually much more informal and certainly more relaxed than a courtroom proceeding where armed bailiffs and the curious are in attendance. 

The arbitrator of your choice is under contract and subject to the rules of your choice. You have much more control over the proceedings, and it is private. Only you, your spouse, your attorneys (if you are represented), and witnesses, (if any) are allowed. Arbitration is held in an office or conference room, providing comfort in an environment that you select.

Choose to stay out of court.




Collaborative law is unique. You and your attorney work together with your spouse and attorney to resolve all of your issues. You both agree not to litigate! The collaboratively-trained attorneys agree they will bow out if the matter proceeds to a trial. This simple agreement removes the harsh, adversarial nature of the lawsuit, and opens up the process to allow for transparency, equity and peace of mind.

Within the collaborative process, you have access to professionals who can assist you in valuing assets, in counseling children through the trauma of divorce, and in helping you cope.  

Choose to stay out of court.