If you’re facing divorce or dealing with a child custody concern, you may wonder if you have options besides arguing your side before a judge in a courtroom. The answer is, yes. You do have options. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods are available in Georgia.
Let me, family law mediator Randie Siegel, help you and your spouse/partner find an amicable solution to family law disputes. Feel free to call my Atlanta office today at 404-907-2673.
What ADR Options Are Available?
Two of the most common types of ADR methods are mediation and arbitration. In mediation, both parties work with a neutral third party (the mediator) to come up with mutually acceptable solutions. In arbitration, the parties present their sides to the arbitrator and allow him or her to make the final decision.
What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
Mediation comes with many potential benefits. It can often save money by minimizing court costs. It frequently saves time, since you don’t have to wait on the court’s schedule. It can reduce the stress for you and your children, since it is a less-adversarial process. Finally, it allows you to come up with creative solutions that truly fit your needs.
If My Spouse And I Don’t Get Along, Is Mediation Still Possible?
Yes, it may still be possible. If you are uncomfortable being in the same room with your spouse, the mediator will caucus with each party, meaning he or she will confer with each party separately to avoid adding to the stress. Oftentimes, this leads to a more amiable and acceptable resolution of your case.
How Long Does The Mediation Process Take?
The number of mediation sessions you will need depends primarily on how many issues you have to resolve and how contentious those issues are. You may be able to come to a resolution in a few hours, or it may take several days. In nearly every case, however, mediation is still quicker and much more efficient than litigation.