Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes are alternative methods of helping people resolve legal issues without resorting to traditional litigation. The objective of ADR is a more efficient, cost-effective resolution of disputes with greater satisfaction to the parties. Two (2) such processes which lend themselves to an amicable resolution of matrimonial matters are mediation and collaborative law.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral third party, termed the mediator, conducts informal sessions with the parties in an attempt to facilitate a mutually acceptable resolution of some or all disputed issues. The role of the mediator is to assist the parties in identifying common goals and interests, facilitate communication between the parties, and help them to develop creative solutions.
Mediation is particularly beneficial in the divorce process in that it provides a less adversarial environment enabling the parties to maintain an amicable relationship in the future, which particularly serves the best interests oftheir children.
Through the mediation process this firm will use its’ expertise in the matrimonial field to guide families toward a more amicable, expeditious and cost effective alternative to conventional litigation. This alternative, when guided by an experienced attorney, trained in mediation, can provide you and your spouse with a peaceful resolution to your divorce or legal separation while maintaining your confidence that the process will result in a fair and equitable outcome.
Collaborative law is a voluntary process in which the parties, with the assistance of their respective counsel, work together as a team to achieve a resolution based upon their personal needs and objectives without resorting to litigation or threats of litigation.
Collaborative lawyers are facilitators, not advocates, who work with the parties to aid them in communicating their concerns and priorities and understand that of their spouse in order to provide a foundation for negotiating an agreement that serves themselves and their family as a whole. With the assistance of experienced counsel, the parties may work toward a shared vision of the future, without incurring the expense and unpleasantness often associated with contested litigation.