Alternative Dispute Resolution

Save Time, Money, and Stress With Alternative Dispute Resolution

Suppose you and another party are having difficulty resolving an issue but don’t want to waste the time, money, and emotional stress that can come from typical family law court cases. In that case, you may want to consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

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 help the parties remain in good standing with each other, which may be unlikely with traditional court orders.

At the Law Offices of Diane J.N. Morin, Inc., we specialize in applying ADR methods to family law disputes. Learn more about how we can assist you by calling 650-473-0822 or reaching out online.

Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Many forms of ADR can help you resolve your dispute without the pressure of going to court. A skilled dispute resolution lawyer can help you determine the best solution for your situation. If you think ADR might suit your needs, we can help you explore your options, including:

Collaborative Law

This type of ADR is nonadversarial, meaning parties work together instead of competing. It involves both parties working alongside trained professionals such as mental health experts, financial experts, and child development specialists.

You will work with your Palo Alto collaborative law attorney, the other party, and any experts directly to collaborate and find a solution for your divorce or other dispute. Generally, it considers the emotional well-being of the entire family first.


This form of ADR involves a neutral third party who helps create a constructive dialogue to reach a mutually beneficial conclusion through a structured process. You can bring your California family mediation lawyer to meetings or consult them between sessions to ensure you get a resolution that satisfies your needs.


This type of ADR is adversarial, but less so than appearing in court. It is often used when parties do not want to waste time and effort going to court but cannot come to a solution on their own.

Arbitration involves presenting testimony to one or more arbitrators and is used to determine the award to the party at fault. Decisions can be binding or nonbinding. Working with an arbitration lawyer in California can help you present your claims appropriately and accomplish your goals during arbitration.

Get Answers About Alternative Dispute Resolution

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. It is best to consult a family law attorney in Palo Alto to determine the most effective path forward. For more information on beginning your ADR, do not hesitate to contact us online or call 650-473-0822.