Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) refers to any means of settling disputes outside the courtroom. ADR typically includes early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. As burgeoning court queues, rising costs of litigation, and time delays continue to plague litigants, more states have begun experimenting with ADR programs. Some of these programs are voluntary; others are mandatory.
While the two most common forms of ADR are arbitration and mediation, negotiation is almost always attempted first to resolve a dispute. It is the preeminent mode of dispute resolution. Negotiation allows the parties to meet in order to settle a dispute. The main advantage of this form of dispute settlement is that it allows the parties themselves to control the process and the solution.
Mediation is also an informal alternative to litigation. Mediators are individuals trained in negotiations, who bring opposing parties together and attempt to work out a settlement or agreement that both parties accept or reject. Mediation is used for a wide gamut of case-types ranging from prenuptial agreements to dissolution issues like timeshare/parenting plans, child support, alimony and division of assets and liabilities.
At Family Law Cooperative, our highly trained professionals, both Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediators and certified in the Collaborative Divorce Process, are ready to work with you to avoid the highly emotional and financially fraught courtroom process. Call us today at (954) 367-5471 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation in our Hollywood office. We serve Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.