What is Dispute Resolution?
Dispute resolution or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) within family law encompasses the methods of resolving issues outside Court. In order for dispute resolution to be effective, both parties need to buy into the process that they determine is going to be most suitable for them.
What are the different methods of Dispute Resolution?
There are many different forums available for family law dispute resolution. These are:
- Family Mediation;
- Hybrid Mediation;
- Collaborative Law;
- Private Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR);
- Early Neutral Evaluation;
- Round Table Meetings
Which method you choose will depend on your individual circumstances and how much involvement you want to have. Our family law solicitors can discuss all the options with you to find the best solution for you.
Why use Dispute Resolution?
There are significant advantages in trying to resolve matters outside of Court, for example:
- It can be quicker than Court proceedings;
- It can cost less than protracted Court proceedings;
- You have greater control over who is involved – for example, you can choose who the Mediator or Arbitrator is.
It is important to remember, however, that all forms of alternative dispute resolution are voluntary, and you cannot ‘make’ the other party engage if they are not comfortable with the process.
We also recognise that there are times when the only route to take is to issue Court proceedings to sort out finances and/or child arrangements. If this is the case, then we will guide you through the process, explaining each step as we go.