Alternative Dispute Resolution

What does Alternative Dispute Resolution mean?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for divorce refers to negotiation strategies which allow couples to resolve disputes without a trial. Common divorce alternative dispute resolution techniques include mediation, arbitration, and collaboration. Couples who choose mediation allow for a neutral, third party to review the issues of the divorce case and help the couple come to a mutually agreeable settlement. Mediation can be used to negotiate parenting disputes, support payments and property and debt division.

Mediation or other alternative dispute resolution techniques are not for everyone. Although they will be less adversarial and more casual than the traditional court setting, couples with a high degree of conflict may not be able to use ADR to resolve their issues. ADR will, however, allow both spouses to play an active role in resolving key decisions related to the divorce, instead of relying on a judge or jury to make key decisions affecting their divorce. Many states now require couples to attempt to use alternative dispute resolution to avoid a court appearance. For this reason, if you are considering divorce, it is important that you understand your state's laws and your alternative dispute resolution options.

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