Case Study: The Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution

Case Study: The Use of Alternative Dispute ResolutionIn some cases, divorcing parties and their respective attorneys may decide that traditional divorce litigation is not in the best interest of the parties for reasons specific to that case. In those situations, the attorneys might elect to utilize an alternative dispute resolution technique, such as mediation or arbitration.

Recently we had a case in which our attorneys believed it was not in our client’s best interest to involve a judge, and the parties and respective counsel instead elected to go to mediation. With the help of the mediator, the parties were able to slowly make their way toward a global settlement and ultimately finalizing their divorce.

The mediation process is confidential and non-binding unless the parties specifically agree that they want to be bound by the terms, and this aspect of mediation is key in many cases. In this particular one, it allowed the parties to reach agreements about limited issues at each session. If they were in agreement with the terms, they would write out the agreement on those issues and sign. The signing of the agreement was key, as it became enforceable in Court.

At DeTorres & DeGeorge, we strive to protect our clients’ best interests and are willing to pursue these alternatives when appropriate in order to provide the best possible services to our clients.

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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