At Drummond Miller, we recognise that resolving disputes to do with children or finances through the courts can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful for all concerned. For that reason, wherever possible, we always try to encourage clients to resolve matters outwith the court setting. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a collective term describing an array of methods other than litigation. ADR in all of its forms has a number of major advantages that can make it more beneficial to both parties than traditional litigation. Quicker, more efficient, less damaging to relationships and vastly more economical, we find that it’s now the preferred solution for many.
Where most individuals have a basic understanding of court proceedings, few realise there are other options open to them, and what form these take.
What is alternative dispute resolution?
As one of Scotland’s leading family law firms, Drummond Miller tries to offer our clients the most comprehensive service possible, which is why our focus is not solely on litigation, but on alternative dispute resolution too.
The most common forms of ADR are:
What are the advantages of alternative dispute resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution has many advantages for those who would prefer to keep their arguments informal and out of court. The flexibility appeals to lots of the individuals who find themselves caught up in a quickly escalating civil disagreement.
It offers a workable solution to many of the criticisms levied at traditional litigation processes, which are often slated for being costly and stressful, and creating lasting conflict between the parties involved.
More efficient, economical, and arguably more conciliatory than the alternative, ADR methods are useful for parties who would prefer not to escalate their disagreement by going against one another in a court of law.
Focusing on finding a mutually beneficial agreement for both parties, ADR tends to be especially well-suited to those who wish to preserve their future relationship with the person they are in dispute with.
ADR is also far more financially feasible for those individuals who do not want to be faced with sizeable legal fees at the end of their dispute. More conciliatory, and often highly effective, ADR entails far less stress than traditional litigation for everyone involved.
To learn more about alternative dispute resolution methods and how the team at Drummond Miller could help you with this, contact our Family Law team to discuss this further.