Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Definition - What does Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mean?

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to an alternative method of getting a divorce that eliminates the need for the formal process of a divorce court. This primarily includes mediation and arbitration. ADR is used in many types of law suits including divorce and personal injury. For instance, the couple seeking a divorce negotiates the disputes related to the divorce and reaches a settlement between themselves instead of going through a lengthy divorce trial.

Not all forms of ADR are legally binding. Arbitration is, most often, legally binding. Mediation is generally not legally binding. Participating in ADR can greatly reduce the legal fees and costs associated with the lawsuit.

Justipedia explains Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Alternative dispute resolution reduces the time, expense, and hassle while helping to limit the financial obligations involved in going to court. You will also see ADR used in personal injury and other forms of civil cases.

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