Alternative Dispute Resolution

If you and another party are having difficulty coming to a resolution about an issue but don’t want to spend the extra time, money, and emotional stress that can come from typical family law court cases, then alternative dispute resolution (ADR) might be your best option.

This form of conflict resolution can carry the legally binding power of a court order without the high costs associated with family law litigation. It can also save time and can help the parties remain in good standing with each other which may be unlikely with traditional court orders.

If you think this type form of mediation might suit your situation, your family law attorney may outline several different forms of ADR to cater to your particular case. These may include:

  • Collaborative Law – this type of ADR is non-adversarial and is facilitated by a specially trained group of professionals that can include mental health experts, financial experts, and child development specialists. Generally, it considers the emotional well-being of the entire family first.
  • Mediation – this type of ADR involves a neutral third-party who will help to create a constructive dialogue aimed at reaching a win-win conclusion through a structured process.
  • Arbitration – this type of ADR involves presenting testimony to a single or multiple arbitrators which is used to determine the award to the party at fault. They can be binding or non-binding.

If you have a family law dispute and want to keep your matters out of time-consuming and costly litigation, alternative dispute resolution may be for you. For more information on how to begin your ADR, feel free to contact us.