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Pros & Cons of Indiana Mediation / Alternative Dispute Resolution
23 March 2020 | Family Law,
You have probably heard of alternative dispute resolution options if you are in the midst of a legal issue. These options strive to resolve family law matters, business disputes, and civil claims without going to court. In doing so, both parties save time, money, and stress.
Indiana mediation and ADR professionals help people navigate custody problems and other legal challenges to find real solutions.
If you think that you could benefit from mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, continue reading to learn whether this is a viable option. You can also contact a knowledgeable Indianapolis mediation attorney with Hessler Law at (317) 886-8800 for an initial consultation. We’d be happy to discuss all your options.
The term “alternative dispute resolution” covers several ways that a legal issue can be handled outside of court.
One of the most widely known options is mediation. During mediation, a neutral third party listens to both sides, gathers information, and helps both parties communicate effectively. Both parties will discuss possible solutions. And, ideally, both sides agree to a compromise and the case is closed without ever needing to go to court. If mediation fails, the case still goes to court.
Arbitration is another type of alternative dispute resolution. Upon agreeing on an arbitrator, both parties make their case to the arbitrator in a hearing. During the hearing, the arbitrator listens to both sides and considers the evidence provided. Within 20 days of the hearing, the arbitrator files their decision with the court and submits copies to both parties. If the parties previously agreed to binding arbitration, the arbitrator’s decision is legally binding. This is the primary difference between arbitration and mediation.
There are many benefits offered by alternative dispute resolution methods. Some of the main reasons individuals or companies choose to go this route include:
While ADR is helpful in many situations, it does have its downsides:
Whether you are facing a family law issue or a civil claim, you need effective and trustworthy representation. To discuss your case and find out what your options are, contact Hessler Law, PC.
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