Alternative Dispute Resolution

August 12, 2014 – at 3:44 am – by Bodekers Family Lawyers

Why we use Alternative Dispute Resolution

We avoid litigation, or going to court, in family law matters to the best of our ability. We aim to resolve family law matters through Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). ADR can include¬†mediation, informal conferences, or arbitration. It gives parties the chance to work through disputes issues with the help of an independent third party.

ADR is generally faster and less expensive than litigation. This is because litigation can drag on for years. Further, in litigation, fees for lawyers and experts add up with little visible progress on the matter.

Alternately, ADR methods can achieve results in quicker timeframes. ADR also affords greater flexibility to cater to the needs of the parties.

ADR methods also help to preserve relationships between parties. This is because they are outcomes-focused rather than adversarial. Adversarial is the nature of litigation, 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. It assists separating couples to resolve their matters and reduce conflict. Further, it avoids the timely, emotional and financial costs of litigation.

Can I seek Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Whether you are at an early stage in your family law matter or going through the Court process, ADR is possible. We believe it is likely your matter can be resolve through Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators can assist by facilitating your ADR or legally representing you at ADR. An agreement reached through ADR methods can be formalised by asking the Family Court to make orders by consent.

Contact Bodekers Family Lawyers & Mediators by phone (08) 9323 7711 or email shannon@bodekers.com.au. You will receive a free pre-read and first appointment at a reduced flat rate.