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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Mediation is a practical and popular alternative to high-cost, high-stress litigation in family law matters.

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Increasingly, divorcing parties are seeking ways to avoid the costly, time-consuming, and often harmful aspects of litigation. Mediation has become one of the most popular means of alternative dispute resolution for divorcing spouses who do not want to resolve their divorce issues through the process of ongoing litigation. The popularity of mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has exploded in family law since the late 1990’s.

The concept of alternative dispute resolution was created to refer to options other than the most widely recognized process of going through the court system and the accompanying procedures (called litigation).

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Alternative dispute resolution is a form of conflict resolution that is consistent with our goal to provide cost-effective representation for our clients. We encourage our clients to participate in the ADR process in a meaningful way.  To that goal we work with our clients to help them in understand the ADR process and prepare them to participate in the ADR process.

Alternative dispute resolution approaches such as mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation offer clients a cooperative opportunity to address difficult decisions related to issues like child custody and support, property division, and spousal maintenance.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution processes described:

  • Provide both parties more control over the outcome on the issues
  • Enable the parties to directly communicate with one another in a structured environment
  • Focus on the best interests of children, parents, family members and others in the process
  • Avoid the burden and expense of traditional divorce litigation

In Minnesota, divorce mediation services may not be appropriate for every family. For example, in cases where there is probable cause to believe that a spouse or child has, or may be abused, alternative dispute resolution may not be appropriate, or the ADR process may need to be conducted so that the parties are separated during the process.

Contact Olup Law today if you are interested in finding a way to resolve the disputes affecting your life through mediation or one of the other processes of alternative dispute resolution. We can explain the advantages of alternative dispute resolution and help you begin the process as soon as possible.

From our Edina, MN office, Olup Law serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, including the cities of Minnetonka, Chaska, Chanhassen, Edina, Wayzata, Excelsior, Shakopee, Plymouth, Minnetrista, Orono, North Oaks, Eden Prairie, Victoria, Waconia, Shorewood, Minneapolis, Excelsior, and Burnsville.