Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Many people think of divorce as an expensive, drawn-out and stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be that way. While courtroom litigation is sometimes necessary during family law matters, there are alternative options to cut down on the amount of time, money and energy you spend reaching a resolution. 

Our experienced alternative dispute resolution (ADR) lawyers are here to help guide you through the process, ensuring a fair and agreeable final outcome.

What is Alternative Dispute Resoution (ADR)?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) covers a multitude of options for people who are looking for a different way to handle traditional litigated family law matters.  These methods often considerably lower the costs involved, lessen the negative impact on any children involved and give you greater control over the outcome of the situation, rather than leaving the final decision up to a judge.

All of these methods result in a complete and legally binding document designed to finalize the dissolution of the marriage or resolve other family law matters.

What types of Alternative Dispute Resolution are there?


Mediation provides a low conflict way to amicably come to an agreement without lengthy litigation in court. Both parties sit down with a mediator to discuss the issues necessary to finalize the divorce, including assets and debts. Once they come to an agreement, the mediator will draft a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which each party should have reviewed by their own lawyer. Once reviewed and mutually agreed upon, the MOU is turned into a Marital Settlement Agreement, which will be presented to the court as a request for an uncontested divorce. 


As a way to avoid conventional litigation, arbitration provides an opportunity to present your side with your lawyer in front of an arbitrator. This method is similar to presenting in front of a judge, but is much faster than dealing with the courts. You also gain more control than if you were in court, as you’re allowed to select your arbitrator while a judge is typically assigned automatically. Arbitration differs from mediation in that while a mediator provides neutral, third-party guidance, at the end of arbitration the arbitrator issues a decision just as a judge would.

Collaborative Divorce

In this option, both parties retain lawyers who are familiar with collaborative divorce. During this process, the parties will work as a team alongside their lawyers and agree to not litigate and to be fully transparent with each other. The collaborative divorce process is unique because, in addition to their lawyers, the parties often will have the benefit of having two neutrals in the team: a mental health professional and a financial professional. These neutrals will help the parties navigate through the emotional and financial elements of their case (which is often less expensive and more effective than the traditional discovery process that occurs in litigation).  

Should either side file anything with the courts other than an uncontested divorce, both lawyers are required to withdraw from the case. However, if an agreement can be reached this method provides a way to very quickly provide a resolution.


These options don’t apply to just divorce. They can also be used for:

  • Child custody and parenting coordination
  • Validity of pre and post-nuptial agreements
  • Spousal and child support adjustments

The alternative methods to courtroom litigated divorces and family law matters requires both sides to be willing to compromise in order to achieve a final agreement that everyone can be satisfied with. This isn’t always possible, but if both individuals can set aside their differences and prioritize saving money while reducing the time and stress spent, these can be very effective options.  It’s important to consider how likely it is that you’ll be able to successfully complete an ADR method and to have both spouses on the same page prior to beginning.

Our Experienced Alternative Dispute Resolutions Lawyers

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling alternative dispute resolution matters, including mediation and collaborative divorce. Though we’re experienced trial lawyers who can handle a case in the courtroom, this isn’t necessary for many families. Instead, we look to offer ways to cost-effectively and quickly resolve matters so our clients can move forward. 

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