Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a great process for resolving disputes when traditional sit-down conversations are not working. Some kinds of alternative dispute resolution include mediation, negotiation and arbitration.
There are many reasons to consider ADR. One is that ADR proceedings are generally collaborative, which means that both parties are more likely to have results they’re happy with. Another reason is that ADR is usually less expensive than going to court and can be faster, too.
Alternative dispute resolution lets both parties be creative with resolutions that a judge may not be able to offer due to legal restrictions.
Should you hire an attorney for ADR?
Many people do choose to work with an attorney for ADR purposes. While you won’t be going to court, it can still be helpful to have your attorney represent you during these ADR meetings. With ADR, you and your spouse may also decide to use the same attorney, mediator or arbitrator as a third party with no interest in a specific outcome.
What should you do if you are interested in ADR?
If you are interested in working with a mediator or arbitrator and going through arbitration or mediation, it’s a good idea to speak with your attorney about your options. Sometimes, mediation, which is not binding, is a great choice. Other times, your situation may benefit from binding methods of dispute resolution, such as arbitration.
Your attorney will talk to you more about the different options that you may be interested in pursuing, so that you can choose the disputes resolution option that is best for your case.