Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an emerging concept that covers a variety of processes by which disputes between parties can be settled outside the courtroom without a trial. Trials are typically formal and include lengthy and costly litigation while Alternative Dispute Resolution models are less formal and more flexible in nature.
In terms of disputes involving divorce and child custody, alternative dispute resolution has the potential to reduce attorney fees and legal fees, animosity between the parties, provide for quicker settlements, and limit disputed issues from public record. However, Alternative Dispute Resolution is not the right answer for every case. Alternative Dispute Resolution may be advantageous when considering factors such as the following:
1. The degree of conflict between the parties on issues being disputed
2. The degree of the parties ability and willingness to work together to resolve issues
3. The degree of the parties motivation to limit issues from being public record
Some common types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which may be helpful in resolving your divorce or child custody related disputes are Child Custody Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Law. Before you agree to participate in any form of Alternative Dispute Resolution, you may want to explore and research your options and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each.