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What is alternative dispute resolution?

There are many different terms you may hear in the course of the divorce process in Maryland. While you probably know and understand terms such as custody, parenting plan and asset division, other terms may be unfamiliar. One example is alternative dispute resolution. Someone may suggest you use ADR in your divorce. It helps to understand the term so you know if it is something worth considering.

The U.S. Department of Labor explains that alternative dispute resolution is not just restricted to a divorce situation. It can actually be used in a variety of different legal situations. ADR is basically where a legal situation is kept out of court by using a neutral party to act as the middleman in resolving the issue at hand.

There are a few different types of ADR. They include mediation, arbitration, neutral fact-finding, minitrials and negotiated rulemaking. The idea is to have you and the other party work together to negotiate an outcome that everyone can agree upon. In a divorce, you would work together to figure out all the details of your divorce and to set up custody arrangements, support payments and asset division. The main goal is to keep the case out of the courtroom.

There are perks to ADR with the main being that it saves money. The expenses of litigation are quite high, but you can save a lot of time and in turn money through using an ADR method to settle your divorce instead of having to go through the court process, which is long and costly. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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