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Alternative Dispute Resolution in Arizona Divorce

Divorce is a highly emotional time, but many divorcing spouses seek to resolve their disputes over divorce terms without a contentious and expensive court battle. When a divorce comes to court, both sides must present their arguments before a judge, the details become a matter of public record, and a judge who doesn’t know their family makes binding, life-altering decisions for them.

By choosing to keep their divorce out of court, divorcing spouses can lower the financial and emotional costs of an adversarial face-off in front of a judge and keep final decisions about child custody, the division of their marital assets, and spousal maintenance in their own hands instead of the hands of the court. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Arizona offers several ways to accomplish that goal.

If you are considering a divorce and want to explore ADR options, it’s important to consult with an experienced Chandler divorce attorney. At Wilson Goodman Law Group PLLC, we specialize in guiding our clients through the ADR process to achieve amicable and fair resolutions. Contact us today for a free consultation at (480) 503-9217 or reach out to us online. Let us help you take control of your divorce and ensure the best possible outcome for your family.

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution in Arizona Divorces?

When spouses wish to have greater control over the decisions in their divorce, their attorneys may guide them through an alternative dispute resolution process. This typically involves one or more of the following:

  • Mediation sessions with a neutral professional mediator who offers knowledgeable, creative resolutions for disputes over asset division, child custody, and spousal maintenance
  • A collaborative divorce where both parties agree to attend negotiation meetings with their attorneys and a series of mediation sessions until they reach a mutual agreement on all terms and create a settlement agreement out of court
  • Arbitration, or an agreement to go before an arbitrator who navigates the terms of divorce like a mediator, but makes binding decisions like a judge, while keeping the divorce out of the public record
  • An early neutral evaluation to determine what a judge is likely to decide on key issues of contention so the parties can make adjustments and compromises rather than taking the issues to court

Divorcing spouses do not have to go to trial even if they have one or more disputes over the terms of their divorce settlement agreement. Instead, they can choose an Arizona alternative dispute resolution method and save time, money, and adversarial feelings.

Are There Other Benefits to Alternative Dispute Resolutions For an Arizona Divorce?

If divorcing spouses have children, it’s especially beneficial for them to resolve disputes outside of court through ADR. Mediation and collaboration help divorcing spouses to remain open to communicating and compromising. The ability to compromise on co-parenting decisions later benefits them when they make important decisions for their children on issues such as medical care, education, and extra-curricular activities.

It’s better for the children when they see that their parents still present a united parenting front and are willing to communicate and compromise with mutual respect and civility. This typically becomes far more difficult after a heated battle in court.

Call the Arizona Divorce Attorneys at Wilson Goodman Law Group, PLLC, Today to Learn About Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

The Chandler family law lawyers at Wilson Goodman Law Group, PLLC, are ready to help you navigate your divorce settlement outside of court through one or more ADR methods. Contact our law office today to set up a consultation to learn about creative techniques to reach a mutual understanding on the terms of your Arizona divorce.