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Alternative Divorce Resolution

Divorce can be an emotionally and financially draining process. Traditional divorce litigation often exacerbates these stresses, leading many couples to seek alternative methods to resolve their differences more amicably.

Alternative Divorce Resolution (ADR) provides various approaches to save time, reduce costs, and minimize conflict. Here’s a comprehensive look at some of the most common ADR methods.


Mediation is one of the most popular forms of ADR. In this process, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps the couple negotiate and reach a mutually agreeable settlement. The mediator facilitates communication and guides the discussion but does not make decisions for the couple. Mediation offers several benefits:

  • Control: Both parties have a say in the outcome, rather than leaving decisions up to a judge.
  • Cost-effective: Mediation is typically less expensive than going to court.
  • Confidential: Mediation sessions are private, unlike court proceedings.
  • Less adversarial: The process encourages cooperation and can be less stressful than litigation.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce involves each spouse hiring a specially trained attorney who commits to resolving the divorce without going to court. The process includes a series of meetings where both parties and their attorneys work together to negotiate a settlement.

Key features include:

  • Team approach: In addition to attorneys, other professionals such as financial advisors and mental health experts may be involved.
  • Commitment to resolution: Both parties agree to work toward a settlement and avoid litigation.
  • Transparency: There is an open exchange of information, promoting trust and cooperation.


Arbitration is a process where a neutral third party, called an arbitrator, listens to both sides and makes a binding decision. This method is more formal than mediation but less so than a court trial. Benefits of arbitration include:

  • Efficiency: Arbitration can be quicker than court proceedings.
  • Flexibility: The parties can select an arbitrator with specific expertise relevant to their case.
  • Privacy: Like mediation, arbitration sessions are private.


Negotiation is the most informal ADR method and involves the spouses and their attorneys negotiating directly to reach a settlement. This process is often the first step in resolving disputes and can lead to mediation or collaborative divorce if necessary. The advantages of negotiation are:

  • Simplicity: It’s a straightforward process that doesn’t require third-party involvement unless needed.
  • Cost-effective: Direct negotiation can be the least expensive option.
  • Flexibility: The parties have complete control over the process and outcomes.

Benefits of Alternative Divorce Resolution

  1. Reduced Conflict: ADR methods are designed to reduce animosity between spouses, which is particularly beneficial if children are involved.
  2. Cost Savings: ADR can significantly reduce legal fees and other costs associated with divorce.
  3. Speed: ADR processes are generally faster than traditional litigation, allowing couples to move on with their lives sooner.
  4. Confidentiality: Unlike court cases, which are public records, ADR proceedings are private.
  5. Customized Solutions: ADR allows for more creative and tailored solutions that a court may not be able to provide.

Alternative Divorce Resolution offers a range of options for couples seeking a less adversarial and more cost-effective way to end their marriage. By choosing the right ADR method, you can navigate the divorce process with less stress and greater control over the outcome.

Contact Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A. today at (614) 412-3943 to learn more.