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New York alternative dispute resolution options

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2021 | Divorce |

Divorce can be difficult for couples to go through. It may be helpful for them to understand alternative dispute resolution options which can reduce the anxiety and the expense of a traditional court process.


In a mediation, a neutral person called a mediator helps the couple to communicate with each other so they can try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement about their dispute. Mediation is less formal than a court process.

Because the parties take an active role in resolving the dispute themselves, it can help them maintain a positive relationship going forward. Mediation may also be faster option for parties to consider rather than going to court.

Collaborative law

Collaborative law gives divorcing couples an option to end their marriage and restructure their family without a court process.

It focuses on three specific concepts. These principles include not litigating the dispute in court, an honest exchange of information without going through the formal discovery process and a commitment to focus on the parties’ priorities and the priorities of their children.

Parenting plan

For couples that have children, it is especially important for them to be able to communicate with each other effectively. In New York, couples can work with a parenting coordinator, who can assist them with carrying out parenting plans in high-conflict situations. This process focuses on promoting healthy and safe parent-child relationships.

An experienced family law attorney can help parties in New York understand the divorce process, their alternative dispute resolution options and answer their questions about child custody, child support and other related matters.