Dispute Resolution – Advantages over Litigation

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In litigation, as in combat, neither side escapes unscathed!

Have you ever noticed how some law firms and lawyers tend to compare themselves to fearless warriors? Attorneys and their advertising may invoke images of two oppositional forces, ready to fight (for you, of course), battle at all costs, adopt a scorched earth approach while instilling fear upon the other unworthy side, and declare victory!

So that may sound good, but let’s not forget another reality of conflict – neither side escapes unscathed.

In the divorce and family law battleground, parents should remember that the “enemy” is also your child’s mom or dad.

Dispute Resolution is oftentimes preferred by savvy leaders of organizations and corporations over a lawsuit that can drain resources – including money, time, and focus.  Being involved in a slow-moving lawsuit is one way to get off-track from your organization’s primary focus, unless you are a trial lawyer.  You and your family can benefit from the same approach.

Dispute resolution was commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR, and includes several frameworks designed to resolve disputes outside of court.  The trend of dropping the word “alternative” continues because dispute resolution is just as common, if not more so than litigation.  Thus, there is really nothing alternative about using dispute resolution to resolve your divorce, alimony modification, or parenting conflict.

Instead of waiting years for a judge to decide something that neither party may be happy with, the parties can sit at the table and attempt to reach an agreement with the guidance of a mediator, or consider arbitration if an impasse exists on one or more issues.

Dispute Resolution Advantages Over Litigation

  • Court dockets are clogged, and it may take years to achieve a final resolution on your case
  • A court-based process is more expensive.  Litigation costs can get out of control.
  • Efficiently resolving disputes lessens the impact of the conflict, minimize distractions, and focus on your main goals.
  • Dispute resolution options, such as mediation, allow the parties to maintain much more control over the process and have more of an impact on the outcome.
  • Private – resolve your case confidentially, not in open court.
  • Fashion creative and flexible solutions that may not be available in the traditional court setting.
  • DR helps preserve relationships, lower hostilities, and avoid future conflict.

Consider Dispute Resolution for cases such as:

  • Employment
  • Divorce and post-divorce related issues, such as parenting and child support
  • Elder Care
  • School and Special education
  • Non-compete disagreements
  • Partnership and Dissolution
  • Consumer Disputes
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Creditor Issues
  • Civil Litigation
  • Condominiums and Condo Associations
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Municipal

To learn more about how DR can benefit you, please call us to schedule your consultation.