When parties cannot settle a specific dispute during a divorce or legal separation, but do not wish to proceed to an adversarial and costly trial, other dispute resolution options are available. You may decide to resolve your disagreements with a neutral third party. Alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration allow you and your spouse to address the matters at hand without publicly litigating. Our Madison family law attorneys at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. are highly experienced with alternative dispute resolution processes.
A few examples of matters that are often resolved through mediation or arbitration include:
In the case of mediation or arbitration, there will be a third party present: the mediator or arbitrator. A mediator works with both parties to try to negotiate an agreement. An arbitrator, on the other hand, may first try to mediate an agreement, but if parties are at an impasse and no agreement can be reached, the arbitrator will make the decision for the parties. Before using an arbitrator, both parties agree to give the arbitrator the authority to make decisions that will be binding on the parties.
People often find that mediation and arbitration, forms of what is commonly known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR), are a more efficient and civil means of resolving disputes between parties. Agreements that have been mediated tend to be more successful over time than litigated settlements.
Both parties have ample opportunity to express their wishes and often feel as if they have had more input into and control over the process that resulted in the agreement. Our knowledgeable Madison divorce attorneys at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., frequently participate in mediations and arbitrations as advocates for their clients.
Contact us today at (608) 765-1001 to discuss your situation with an experienced Madison family lawyer.