If you are looking for a low conflict way of getting divorced, negotiating child custody, or sorting out other family law matters, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) could be for you. ADR refers to the process of settling disputes outside of the courtroom.
ADR arose as a way for disputing parties to lessen the costs of litigation and speed up the resolution process. While there are many different types of alternative dispute resolution in the State of Texas, the three most common types are:
- Negotiation – Texas negotiation is often the leading method of dispute resolution, and it allows all parties involved to meet and quickly reach an amicable agreement. Through effective negotiation, you and your spouse can remain in full control of your divorce process and decide, for yourselves, important issues such as alimony, child custody, child support and division of assets and debts.
- Mediation – divorce mediation seeks to achieve a peaceful resolution to divorce conflicts. Unlike traditional litigation, family law mediation in Texas involves the use of qualified mediators to help reach an amicable settlement. The mediator uses skillful negotiating methods to help facilitate an agreement between spouses.
- Arbitration – Arbitration is similar to a trial because testimony is taken, although the rules of evidence are simplified. In Texas, arbitration is decided by an arbitrator upon whom both sides have agreed. The final decision, unlike in family law mediation, remains with the arbitrator and both parties agree to be bound by the decision. Although arbitration does limit your control during a divorce, it can be a preferable and less costly solution for divorcing couples who have failed to reach an amicable agreement through negotiation.
Benefits of a Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution
Unlike traditional litigation, ADR allows you and your spouse to present your own ideas for a fair resolution, and seek creative solutions to your problems. Alternative dispute resolution methods may offer many benefits, including:
- Control throughout the process by both parties
- Lower costs
- Less complex than a traditional litigation
- Quicker and more efficient resolution and settlements
- Creative solutions specifically tailored to the couple’s needs
- Preservation of relationships through amicable negotiation
- Less emotionally taxing than traditional litigation
Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
Our alternative dispute resolution attorneys will help you explore all of the low conflict methods that are available to you. Seeking divorce through traditional litigation is not always in your best interest; therefore, you need a divorce lawyer who can help you decide if an alternative dispute resolution is best for you and your family.
Through alternative dispute resolution, relationships and assets can be preserved and the possibility of reconciliation explored. If reconciliation is a possibility, the family law mediators at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan can connect you with a marriage counselor.
Are you looking for a low conflict divorce or to calmly arrange your child custody or other family law matter? Talk to us. Schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney: (281) 810-9760.
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan | Spring, Texas Divorce Lawyers
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it's important to speak with one of our Spring, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
Our divorce lawyers in Spring TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.