Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)



Alternative dispute resolution, sometimes called ADR, refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. This typically includes:

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Collaborative divorce

Many couples find ADR as an attractive alternative to divorce litigation as it often saves time, money, and emotional stress. As a certified family law mediator, attorney Mike Watkins has the experience to guide you through the steps of divorce mediation.

Mediation is an alternative to litigation that can be less expensive and less stressful for divorcing couples and their children. In the mediation process, the couple works with a trained mediator to reach agreement on contested issues.

Arbitration is more like litigation than mediation. Instead of using a judge to decide the final outcome, the parties agree to use an arbitrator. Each spouse is represented by an attorney who will represent their best interests during negotiation.

Collaborative Divorce
Collaborative divorce is a relatively new divorce process that requires an up front commitment to resolving disputes by negotiation, compromise and agreement. If either attorney moves the case toward litigation, both will be disqualified from representing their clients in the litigation. If the parties can't reach agreement, both lawyers (and their law firms) must withdraw.

While alternative dispute resolutions tend to be more amicable, it is still important to have a competent divorce attorney represent you to ensure you have a fair voice in the resolution.

Contact family law attorney Mike Watkins today to schedule a FREE Consultation to learn how our expertise can help you achieve a divorce using an alternative dispute resolution method.

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