Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is any process that allows clients to resolve their disputes outside of court. Alternative Dispute Resolution lawyers often provide a faster, lower-cost solution that is as legally binding as a court order. However, the outcome of an ADR process is far more controllable and predictable than the results of a trial. In fact, the results of ADR are within you and your spouse’s hands.
As a result, ADR can reduce the stress and expense of a legal dispute while resolving it more smoothly. The process include mediation and arbitration, which we explain below.
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Mediation is a process wherein an attorney acts as a neutral party between two claimants. The mediator does not provide a judgment or advocate for one party or the other. Instead, the mediator facilitates good-faith dialogue. Good mediators are able to quickly identify when and where communication breaks down, resolve those issues, and help spouses come to an agreement that is mutually beneficial.
With the mediator as a guide, clients have the ability to craft their own legally-binding agreement. In mediation, unlike litigation, both parties are free to walk away at any point. This provides a high level of control and empowerment to the parties involved-while motivating them to find a solution without a long, drawn-out trial process.
Arbitration is another ADR process that is somewhat of a faster, leaner trial proceeding. In arbitration, both parties agree to have their case heard before a panel of arbitrators or a single arbitrator that both spouses agree upon. Small amounts of evidence are admitted, and both spouses’ lawyers present their cases.
The central benefit of arbitration is how quickly it goes.
The entire arbitration process usually lasts around a week, while trials last for several weeks or longer. Once the panel has heard each side, they issue a legally-binding arbitral award. This award is as official as a court order, but arbitration offers some privacy-arbitral awards are not public record.
We have extensive experience handling mediation and arbitration cases, so we know how to resolve your case with as little litigation as possible. Though we are seasoned trial lawyers, many families do not need the pain or stress that the courtroom demands; instead, we seek to settle and negotiate cases out of court as often as possible. Our dedication to fast, effective, and economical solutions perfectly aligns with the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution. We can help you facilitate your family law issue with minimal stress and expense to you and your family.
We know every case is unique and always provide personalized counsel.
We don’t drag our cases out, which saves you time, stress, and money.
We deliver the straightforward, honest counsel you really need.
Our priority is to help you get the results your family deserves.