Alternative Dispute Resolution
At Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators we regularly aim to resolve family law matters by participating in forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) such as mediation or informal conferences. ADR gives parties the opportunity to work through disputed issues with the help of an independent third party.
Alternative dispute resolution is generally faster and less expensive than litigation. ADR can save time and money as litigation can drag on for years. This means that fees for lawyers and experts can start to add up with little visible progress being made on the matter. ADR methods however can achieve results in much quicker timeframes. ADR also affords greater flexibility to cater to the needs of the parties’.
Alternative dispute resolution methods also help preserve relationships as they are outcome focused rather than adversarial, in which there is generally a “winner” and a “loser”.
It is our experience that ADR achieves excellent results with high settlement rates. Participants often report a high degree of satisfaction with the process
In a family law context, Alternative dispute resolution can assist separating couples to resolve their matters whilst reducing conflict and avoiding the time, emotional and financial costs associated with litigation.
Whether you are at the early stages of your family law matter or are already going through the Court process, we believe it is likely your matter can be resolved through Alternative Dispute resolution.
Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators are able to assist by either facilitating your ADR or by acting as your legal representatives at ADR. An agreement reached through ADR methods can be formalised by asking the Family Court to make orders by consent.