Many Family Law disputes can be settled successfully without going to trial. The courtroom is not your only option for resolution, and often the alternative dispute resolution process is your family’s best interests. We will help you evaluate this option, and will guide you through the process – every step of the way.
Our attorneys work with you through early neutral evaluation, mediation, or arbitration. We focus on your goals, guiding you toward resolution. Without going to court.
ADR, or Alternative Dispute Resolution, is a way to resolve a dispute without going through the court process. There are different types of ADR. Our firm uses mediation, early neutral evaluations, and arbitration.
Mediation is a type of dispute resolution with one neutral professional, a “mediator”, who helps facilitate discussion about the issues and settlement. Often mediators can be asked to provide evaluative feedback based on their professional experience to help assist parties in coming to agreements and exploring options. Mediation is a cooperative process and settlement discussions are confidential, allowing parties to freely explore options to resolve their issues.
Yes. In mediation, you and the other party decide how your dispute will be settled with the help of a neutral mediator. In arbitration, you and the other party present your case to a neutral party, the “arbitrator.” The arbitrator acts as a temporary judge, and makes a decision on your case. That decision is sent to you, the other party, and the court. Like a court order, arbitration decisions are binding and must be followed. Arbitration is similar to a court trial, although it is less formal. Like mediation, arbitration saves you time and money.
You can seek assistance with many kinds of issues, including:
Early neutral evaluation (ENE) is a specific process available in family law cases in Minnesota. The ENE process is like mediation but is designed for you to get feedback from neutral professionals early in your case. Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE) uses one professional neutral to meet with you and your attorneys, guide settlement discussions, and offer specific feedback relevant to your legal issues. Custody and parenting time issues are part of Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE). This most often includes two neutral professionals, one male and one female, with one having a background in mental health or therapy issues outside of family law and the other an attorney. This gives a variety of perspectives to you and your attorney as you discuss the issues and positions in your case.