Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer based in Monmouth County, NJ

The definition of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is in its name: ADRs are case settlements that happen outside of court and serve as an alternative to formal divorce, child support, and alimony settlements. ADRs allow parties to save time and money and can offer parties more control over how they solve their family law matters. While you might not be in court for your ADR, it is still a best practice to have a lawyer at your side to help you negotiate an equitable resolution. Megan S. Murray can guide you through your ADR and offer counsel as you advocate for you and your family. 

Contact us to set up a consultation and see how we can assist you in your ADR. We accept cases throughout New Jersey.

Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Collaborative Divorce 

ADRs are collaborative efforts between parties seeking a divorce to solve conflicts and arrive at a divorce settlement that they believe is fair. ADR is an umbrella term that can include one or more methods of reaching a resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Each of these methods of resolving conflict during a divorce invites third parties to play a role in the conflict resolution, while still allowing spouses to maintain significant control over the outcome of their family law issue(s). 

Whether you need help with negotiation, mediation, or arbitration to settle your divorce, The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray can help. Call us at (732) 858-0282 and find out how we might help you navigate your alternative dispute resolution.

Negotiation Gives Parties Full Control of Their Divorce

Negotiations are direct conversations between parties that concern how a divorce should be settled. This method of ADR is perhaps the most straightforward because the only third parties involved are the individual party lawyers, who work to make sure the terms the negotiations establish are actionable and that the parties can be held to those terms. 

Mediation Helps Parties Solve Contested Family Law Issues

If a divorce and its associated issues are contested, mediation can be an ideal option for the involved parties. In meditation, parties solicit the help of a professional mediator who will facilitate communication between parties and aid in finding solutions to their disputes. Mediators might offer their opinion about how they think an ADR should proceed, but the fate of the resolution remains in the control of the parties engaged in the mediation. 

Arbitration Lets Parties Establish the Rules of their Resolution 

Arbitration most closely resembles a traditional court case because it features a professional arbiter who will hear testimony, gather and consider pertinent information to the case, and reach a settlement decision that is often legally binding for the parties involved. Arbitration differs significantly from a traditional court case, however, because parties can decide who serves as their arbiter, as well as the terms of the arbitration, before it ever happens. In cases where parties are in stark disagreement, an arbitration can help an ADR progress while allowing the parties to maintain some control over how the ADR moves forward. 

Why Do You Want a Lawyer in an ADR?

The appeal of an ADR is the lack of time parties must spend in court, in addition to the money parties might save as they work to arrive at a settlement. It is important to consider, however, that ADR methods still require negotiations and documentation that could easily necessitate a court if they are not handled carefully. Megan S. Murray can help your ADR proceed smoothly, and she will work to keep your settlement out of court. 

Call us at (732) 858-0282 or contact us online to see how we might help you save time and money through an ADR in Monmouth County and across New Jersey.

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    "Megan S. Murray is the founder of The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray. Megan founded her practice with a singular goal in mind: to provide quality, hands-on services to her clients. Megan has earned a reputation among her peers, colleagues and clients as a zealous advocate of the highest integrity, who achieves the best results for her clients through an intimate knowledge of the unique facts of each case and extensive knowledge of the law."

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    "Brian R. Murray, Esq., of counsel to The Family Law Offices of Megan S. Murray, is a highly experienced New Jersey attorney whose practice areas have included civil litigation, real estate, complex insurance litigation, and family law."

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