Alternative dispute resolution is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families going through separation and divorce. But what is it, exactly, that distinguishes family law dispute resolution from traditional family law processes?
Before settling on a process option for yourself or your client, you will want to consider the elements of all good family law dispute resolution processes.
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Dispute resolution in family law has three underlying principles:
1. It is voluntary.
2. It is a process of informed self-determination.
3. It is a safe process: meaning it is physically, legally and emotionally safe. The process and the process provider should do no harm, knowingly or unknowingly.
In order to design (as neutral) or participate (as advocate) in effective family law negotiation, neutrals and advocates should always be able to answer three questions, before and during the process: Is this process voluntary? Is it a process of self-determination? Is it safe, or can it be made safe?
And before you, as a client, decide which dispute resolution process will be best for you and your family, you should be able to answer these questions too.