ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION HELPS YOUR DIVORCE MOVE FORWARD

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an excellent way to move forward in a divorce when there is a dispute. It's an alternative way to come to an agreement that doesn't have to involve the court directly.

The Department of Justice suggests that people should attempt to use collaborative problem-solving processes to work through their disputes instead of bringing them to court. This saves time, money and energy that is better spent elsewhere.

CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODS DURING DIVORCE

Mediation

During a mediation session, the mediator helps by listening to both sides and helping both parties understand their rights and options. The mediator does not control the outcome of the case.

Arbitration

Arbitration is different than mediation because an arbitrator has the final say over the parties involved. Arbitration isn't as formal as a trial, and it's generally faster. Arbitration can be binding or nonbinding, depending on the agreement between the parties.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CAN HELP YOU RESOLVE YOUR DIVORCE

You once were deeply in love with your spouse, but that love has turned acrimonious after finding out that they were committing adultery. You were hurt, but you tried to be the better person. Despite that, they seem to have gone out of their way to make your life more difficult. You just want to get a divorce, but they don't want to let go.

In your situation, which is not as uncommon as you may think, there are ways to work through disputes and to get your divorce moving forward. One of those possibilities is going through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options.

SHOULD YOU TRY MEDIATION OR ARBITRATION?

There are two main forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. Each has its own benefits, but they are slightly different in how they work.

If you have a dispute that you can't get through but you're willing to work toward a solution, alternative dispute resolution might be the right option for you. Here's a little more on how mediation and arbitration work.