Alternative Dispute Resolution is a process for resolving conflict as an alternative to litigation. Mediation is one form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (aka ADR). Mediation is an ideal process for people going through a divorce or custody/parenting time dispute because the spouses keep control of the outcome, rather than putting decisions in the hands of a judge. In mediation the two parties decide the outcome with the assistance of a mediator.
Mediation is a voluntary process. Sometimes even spouses who want to have an amicable divorce need assistance reaching agreements. If you have tried to sort out all the issues of your dissolution, whether financial or related to custody and parenting time, but you don't agree on all issues, seeing an experienced mediator should be your next step.
A skilled mediator can help parties see the issues in a new light. An experienced mediator will introduce creative solutions which neither party may have considered before. Not all mediators are family law attorneys. An experienced family law attorney can be especially helpful in offering creative solutions based on the input judges have given over the years. Christine Callahan is not only an experienced family law attorney, but she has been a single parent for more than 15 years. She can offer practical creative solutions to prevent problems in the future.
Early Neutral Evaluations are also forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. For more information on those processes, please see our posts under those topics.