Do I have to go to court for separation or divorce?

Court hearings are often times time consuming, stressful and expensive. In an effort to alleviate the inefficiency of court, parties may elect to use a different approach such as alternative dispute resolutions (ADR). Arbitration and mediation are two methods of ADR. Arbitration and mediation are similar in that the parties agree to resolve (or attempt to resolve) the dispute, and both parties can be represented by an attorney during either ADR setting.  Additionally, both ADR methods can be used to resolve all or some of the issues in dispute.

While there are similarities between arbitration and mediation, there are several differences to be aware of as well. The chart below is a general comparison between the two dispute resolution alternatives.


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