What Is ADR:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the term used to describe all the other options available for settling a dispute that once had to be settled in court. ADR processes, such as arbitration, mediation, neutral evaluation, and settlement conference are less formal than a court process and provide opportunities for parties to reach an agreement using a problem-solving approach. We only practice the mediation ADR process.
In mediation, a neutral person called a "mediator" helps the parties try to reach a mutually acceptable resolution of the dispute. The mediator does not decide the dispute but helps the parties communicate so they can try to settle the dispute themselves. Mediation leaves control of the outcome with the parties.
Cases for Which Mediation May Be Appropriate
Mediation may be particularly useful when parties have a dispute between or among family members, neighbors, or business partners. Mediation is also effective when emotions are getting in the way of resolution. An effective mediator can hear the parties out and help them communicate with each other in an effective and nondestructive manner.
Cases for Which Mediation May Not Be Appropriate
Mediation may not be effective if one of the parties is unwilling to cooperate or compromise. Mediation also may not be effective if one of the parties has a significant advantage in power over the other. Therefore, it may not be a good choice if the parties have a history of abuse or victimization.
Why settle disputes through ADR Mediation?