Going through a divorce can be tough, but nothing is worse than knowing that each day is going to be a fight. If you and your spouse can’t get along well, then it may be hard to agree to settlements or to negotiate with one another.

Not negotiating and refusing to work together drags out a divorce, makes it cost more and takes up more of your time. Not working together results in having to go to court, too, which can be a nerve-wracking event for some people.

Fortunately, there are some alternative ways to reduce conflict and to come to an agreement over your dispute. The two main ways to resolve disputes include mediation and arbitration. Both have their own benefits, and both can help you avoid family court.

Why would you want to choose arbitration?

As a dispute resolution technique, arbitration is good because it’s structured and has a third party who will make a decision for you at the end of your session. The session is legally binding and is set up much like a court hearing, where each side gets its own time to speak.

Why would you want to choose mediation?

For a more relaxed atmosphere, mediation can be beneficial. Mediation occurs in a room where both parties are present. Your attorneys may attend, too. You’ll be there with a third party, the mediator, who listens to you both and helps you negotiate. Their goal is to help you stay focused on the task and to come up with an agreement you both approve of. This is not binding, but many people keep the solution and have a judge sign off on it.

If you believe either mediation or arbitration could be right for you, your attorney can give you more information.