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Comparison of Dispute Resolution Processes

Over the last 30 years, researchers and practitioners in various fields developed various alternative methods for parties in conflict to resolve their differences. A strong impetus for the development of alternative methods of dispute resolution was the dissatisfaction many people had with the outcomes received in court and the increasing cost of litigation. In the family law arena specifically, litigation turned parents into adversaries that lasted long after the divorce was final, and their cases were decided by judges who knew nothing about them, their families, and their issues other than what was presented during a trial. As a result, the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution now provides various alternative methods for parties to resolve their family conflicts, including but not limited to mediation and collaborative law advocacy.

Comparison of Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes in the Area of Family Disputes