Family Law: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a term that has become commonly used surrounding litigation. In relation to any family law dispute, ADR is now a compulsory requirement.

As the term implies, ADR is an alternative to litigation and it includes:

  • Mediation
  • Counseling
  • Family dispute resolutions
  • Negotiations between parties to reach an agreement.

ADR is very successful in family law matters

Approximately 95% of family law disputes settle. Court are required to hear approximately 5% of disputes. The figures speak for themselves.

However, among the 95% of maters which settle are those which settle at the steps of the Court. Normally, at that stage parties have spent large sums of monies, have filed all their documentation including affidavits making negative allegations against the other party and, in general terms, all the collateral damage to litigation has taken place.

Ideally, parties settle a matter via ADR early in negotiations and the matter settle out of court.

If you have any questions, please contact our Accredited Family Law Specialists:

Carlos Turini email: cturini@elringtons.com.au

or Contact our Family Law team on: 02 6206 1300