What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Do you want to resolve a family law dispute without having to go to court? If the answer is yes, alternative dispute resolution may be the right option for you.

Alternative dispute resolution is a type of law practice whereby the parties and their legal counsel communicate with each other in an effort to resolve the legal dispute, without engaging in litigation. In other words, the parties and their lawyers try to resolve the family law conflict, often with the involvement of an impartial third party, without having to go to court.

What are the Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Alternative dispute resolution is beneficial to clients because it is generally less combative, less expensive, more flexible, and more individualized than litigation.

Are There Different Kinds of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Law?

There are several different kinds of alternative dispute resolution in family law, including but not limited to:

  • Mediation: The parties hire a professional mediator as a third party to assist them in resolving their family law dispute.
  • Arbitration and mediation/arbitration: The parties hire a professional arbitrator or mediator/arbitrator as a third party to assist them in resolving their family law dispute.
  • Collaborative family law: The lawyers for the parties communicate with each other and engage in conflict resolution strategies, other than litigation, with the goal of resolving the family law dispute.
  • Parenting coordination: The parties hire a trained professional in family matters to mediate and/or adjudicate the family law dispute, depending on the type of family law dispute.


If you feel you may benefit from engaging in alternative dispute resolution to resolve your family matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to our firm CHAND & CO. at 416-583-2377.

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