Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a general term used to describe methods of conflict resolution designed to assist parties involved in a dispute. With ADR, parties can resolve their problems without resorting to potentially expensive and stressful litigation.
In the divorce and family law context, the most common forms of ADR are mediation and collaborative law. These procedures are particularly relevant in family law because people are concerned about the emotional consequences of taking a family dispute to court.
At Cianci Law, PC, we believe that ADR, mediation, and collaborative law can be helpful in many cases. We also believe our clients should enter into these procedures with a full understanding of their options.
If you and your spouse are in general agreement about the terms of your divorce, then a mediation lawyer can help you iron out any remaining details, including the exact legal procedures that will be used to divide your community property, as well as draft all of the tedious paperwork for you.
Mediation can be a cost-effective, amicable way to finalize a divorce without any need for litigation. We are experienced in mediating divorce settlements between spouses.
This procedure is different from the mandatory mediation (CCRC) that the court will require if you get involved in a contested child custody case. It is also important to note that, we will not be able to represent either of you if we begin mediating your divorce and then, for whatever reason, you or your spouse decides to take the case to litigation.
In addition to divorce mediation, we also offer mediation services in other family law matters under similar conditions. Contact our law firm to discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages of mediation, collaborative law, and other forms of ADR.
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