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The phrase “Alternative Dispute Resolution” or “ADR” refers to any method of resolving a legal dispute other than litigation. The ADR method that is most appropriate for any case depends on the facts and circumstances of that particular case. Fortunately there are several methods of ADR that may be chosen. Some common ADR methods include: Case evaluations (or alternatively referred to as late case evaluation or early neutral evaluation); Arbitration; and, Mediation. Georgia courts offer alternative dispute resolution for two main reasons: 1) to help the judiciary handle more cases with fewer resources; and, 2) to offer litigants lower-cost, faster and effective ways to resolve their differences without resorting to trials.
How Mediation can Lower Costs
Using mediation can serve as an opportunity to lower your divorce cost by getting the parties to come to an agreement rather than start or continue forward with prolonged litigation costs. If you’re dealing with divorce categories such as visitation rights, child support, alimony, equitable division and more, mediation is especially useful to resolve these disputes and thereby lower the cost of your divorce.
Arbitration vs. Mediation: Which is Better?
Without specific facts and details specific to the particular case, it is difficult to provide accurate response to the first question. Many individuals seek to carry their matters to trial for a myriad of reasons, and this is a decision that must be reached after careful consideration and consultation with a qualified attorney. However, the answer to the second question is a relatively simple one. Generally, using a form of alternative dispute resolution like mediation or arbitration to resolve a divorce is preferable to trial because it is often more cost effective and efficient, and parties are generally happier with the end result. This is so, because with alternative dispute resolution, the parties involved are given more latitude to craft their own resolution and the process is geneally more relaxed and “user friendly” than trail.