ADR: How Can it Help You?

A traditional divorce case that goes to court is not always beneficial or productive. Exes can waste a lot of time, money and emotion on issues that become contentious in the heat of the moment. Methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) can reduce the costs, conflict and exposure that accompany most divorces. How can these processes help you in Connecticut?

Business and labor professionals understand the need to resolve conflict and maintain commercial relationships. ADR methods also help divorcing couples settle differences and move forward in a mutually beneficial way, especially when it comes to parenting tasks.

Types of ADR available for family law cases include the following:

  • Negotiation – A mainstay of family law matters, negotiation involves using attorneys to create agreements between spouses. Negotiations are confidential and allow a couple to navigate their divorce with relative speed.
  • Mediation – In the informal setting provided by mediation, a trained mediator helps spouses work together to develop agreements concerning property division, spousal support and issues related to children. During mediation, parties may be represented by counsel if desired.
  • Collaborative divorce – During the collaborative process, one or more attorneys work with a couple using the resources of the legal field to settle outside the courtroom. Both the process and the results are confidential. If the collaborative process breaks down, the attorneys involved cannot further represent either client in later litigation.
  • Arbitration – The use of arbitrators in family law settings is growing. For couples unable to reach agreement on key issues, arbitration yields a binding ruling in a confidential setting.

The circumstances and personalities involved in each divorce are unique. Using low conflict ADR methods like mediation allows couples in Fairfield County to resolve issues, develop workable agreements and sometimes avoid lingering bitterness.