Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution Services

In traditional litigation, people dig into entrenched positions and don’t give up those positions willingly. It is by its very nature adversarial and costly. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides methods for solving family law issues.

At the Law Offices of Corrie A. Boulay, our lawyers are trained in alternative dispute resolution practices. These are constructive ways of resolving family issues such as divorce, separation agreements, child custody and marital property division. The only job of the attorneys in alternative dispute resolution is to help their clients settle the case in a productive and satisfactory manner, however, if ADR blows up we will then prepare the client and move forward with litigation.

Throughout ADR methods:

  • Both sides are represented by attorneys who advise them about the law.
  • The participants — the parties and their attorneys — agree to work together in good faith to try find an amicable resolution that satisfies both sides.
  • The attorneys usually enlist the help of specialists such as financial advisors, child specialists and divorce coaches to help the parties resolve specific issues.
  • During mediation, both sides can share information and freely discuss issues, knowing that what they say can’t be used against them in court.
  • These approaches encourage the parties to find common ground and problem-solve rather than construct barricades and rigid positions.

Free Attorney Consultation

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your family law issue. To talk with a family lawyer at our firm by phone or at our offices, call 410-964-9622 for our Columbia office or 410-268-2488 for our Annapolis, Maryland office, or fill out our contact form.

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

Mrs. Alicia Smollon is the most expensive friend i've ever had, and she is worth every penny! I couldnt imagine having gone through this experience with any other lawyer. She fights for you while also caring for you as a person, not just a client. I will be recommending her to everyone i know.
Catherine Oltman
Catherine Oltman
16:51 16 May 19
I worked with Alicia Smollon. She was fantastic to work with and always responded quickly. I am very pleased with my outcome during a difficult situation.
Mandy Mascetti
Mandy Mascetti
15:23 04 Feb 19
Alicia Smollon was my lawyer for a divorce proceeding involving me and my husband of 26 years. She provided me with exceptional advice and proposed timely actions. I was very pleased with her service. So pleased, in fact, that when a subsequent dispute arose regarding some specific terms of my divorce settlement, I asked Alicia once again to help achieve a resolution. She was (1) very helpful, (2) very understanding, and (3) won every argument in my favor. I cannot say enough about her, both as a confidant and a lawyer. Should i need a lawyer in the future, Alicia will be my first choice.
nancy dwyer
nancy dwyer
05:03 09 Oct 18
I worked with Alicia and she was always quick, attentive and clear in her communication. I have also consulted with her on going and she continues to provide the same service for additional family matters.
Sarah Hemmer
Sarah Hemmer
19:27 22 May 18
My experience with the Law Offices of Corrie Boulay was excellent. I am a non-US citizen faced with an extremely complex case in Maryland Courts. Ms. Corrie Boulay and Ms. Alicia Smollon and their team delivered fantastic service for me with excellent outcomes on two different occasions.They were very compassionate, responsive to my case and their fees were very reasonable. First-class Law Firm, excellent, skilled and compassionate lawyering.I was very lucky to have them representing me.Dr. J.ACanada
Nii Oryee
Nii Oryee
21:01 01 May 18
Mary Helton
Mary Helton
16:57 01 May 18
Alicia was a delight to work with and helped us through every step of the adoption process. Would highly recommend!
Deborah Marshall
Deborah Marshall
13:42 29 Dec 17
If it wasn’t bad enough to have to hire a divorce lawyer, the Law Offices of Corrie A. Boulay, LLC, came to my rescue. I was, and still am, very impressed with my attorney, Alicia Smollon. Her skills and knowledge regarding the handling of my divorce was extraordinaire. She’s attentive, professional and has a way of making you feel more at ease when discussing sensitive issues. She has been responsive to my emails, as well as all my concerns.
Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell
19:01 27 Dec 17
Alicia Smollon did a great job helping us with adoption finalization. She was sensitive to our need to complete the process within a certain timeline, and everything went smoothly.
Caryn K
Caryn K
21:13 26 Dec 17
Samuel Payne
Samuel Payne
15:50 22 Dec 17
love themThey are very family friendly and will do everything to ensure you are treated fairly and respectfully.
Erica Dellinger
Erica Dellinger
21:28 18 Dec 17
I have been using Corrie and Alicia for close to 15 years and have recommended them to family and friends over and over. It was always clear to me how personally invested they were in helping me and my children. They exhibit the highest level of professionalism and a clear understanding of family law and court processes. They are not cut-throat nor do they stoke emotions for a profit. They are compassionate, intellectual, success driven and seemingly always available. I wished that I never needed their services but I am eternally grateful to have had them supporting me through unarguably the most difficult set of circumstances that I have had to deal with.
Mike Walker
Mike Walker
22:43 17 Sep 17
Corrie Boulay and her team are very professional as well as caring. They made sure they communicated each step of the process so that I understood what to expect. I have recommended Corrie Boulay to others who have needed these services.
Ann Bromery
Ann Bromery
18:18 14 Sep 17
This is the second time I have used this Law Firm and both experiences were great! Very knowledgeable about Family Law and very professional during negotiations. This is the kind of firm you want to represent you!
Christine Wilson
Christine Wilson
16:36 06 Sep 17
Geoffrey Luiz
Geoffrey Luiz
20:07 04 Sep 17
Really knows her stuff What deafly recommend to anybody that needs an attorney for this type of work
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A Google User
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19:37 11 Apr 17

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