Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Litigation and alternative dispute resolution are two different ways of resolving your family law matter.
Litigation is when you resolve your family law matter through the court system. Your family law lawyer presents your case to a judge. Decisions about dividing your assets, your parenting plan, and how much support is paid is handed over to a judge. That judge has never met you, never met your spouse and has never met your kids.
Alternative dispute resolution, on the other hand, offers a vast range of methods available to resolve your family law matter. For example, if you are looking for an alternative dispute resolution lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia, or anywhere else in British Columbia, for that matter, alternative dispute resolution strategies, include four-way meetings, negotiation, mediation, mediation-arbitration, and collaborative family law.
When choosing the right divorce lawyer for your case, consider alternative dispute resolution. It tends to be much quicker, less expensive, less stressful, and more flexible than litigation.
This is why at Pathway Legal we like to avoid litigation whenever possible!
Why You Should Choose an Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer
Alternative dispute resolution requirements include lawyers taking many hours of additional training which includes in-depth negotiation strategies, interest-based mediation and bargaining. Ironically, even if you are headed for a high-conflict divorce choosing the right divorce lawyer will mean that you want them to be committed and trained as an alternative dispute resolution lawyer.
At Pathway Legal we firmly believe that choosing the best divorce lawyers for our clients means that their lawyer is committed to taking the additional training necessary for the alternative dispute resolution requirements necessary to qualify to be a divorce mediation lawyer. If you're considering alternative dispute resolution, here are some examples that can help you and your ex navigate through the various agreement options, in order to reach an amicable divorce.
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Amicable Divorce Lawyer
A legal professional who can guide you through an amicable divorce process will not only save you money but will also save you time and the associated stress that comes with a long, emotionally taxing, expensive drawn-out process.
When choosing the right divorce lawyer for your case, be sure to ask them what percentage of their cases stay out of the litigation process. If it is super-high they will be a good candidate. Here's more about getting an amicable divorce in British Columbia.
Collaborative Divorce Lawyer
If you are hoping for an amicable divorce, you might want to discover more about collaborative family law in British Columbia. If you and your ex-spouse are relatively amicable, choosing the right lawyer might just be one that is trained in the collaborative family law process.
Not all lawyers can practice using collaborative family law. They have to qualify first, with additional training and have to have significant family law experience.
Divorce Mediation with Lawyers
The most common method an alternative dispute resolution lawyer will choose is to resolve our matter is divorce mediation with lawyers. This means that you, your lawyer, your ex-spouse and their lawyer sit with a trained family law mediator. The mediator, who is neutral, guides you to resolve your matter.
When you have a successful divorce mediation with lawyers it means that you have settled all the issues of your family law matter using the divorce mediation process. That is what a “win” is when using mediation.
At Pathway Legal, we can often get a case resolved in one day of divorce mediation with lawyers. Compared to litigation, that is a fraction of the time to see your matter resolved.
At your initial consultation, your Pathway Legal lawyer will describe the benefits of mediation to you and why you will want to consider it for your situation, depending upon your circumstances.
Ultra High Net Worth Divorce Lawyer
Perhaps your circumstances are different than a lot of other people in British Columbia. If you see yourself and your family as having a high net worth, you will want to ensure you choose the right kind of lawyer for your high net worth circumstances. At Pathway Legal we are experienced in applying the Family Law Act and the common law to our clients’ circumstances when they have high net worth. If this is a situation you find yourself in, then we have more information related to high net worth divorce lawyers, here.
Spousal Support Lawyer
Simply put, spousal support is money paid by one spouse to the other after they separate. Other words for spousal support are alimony or spousal maintenance. We also need to draw a careful distinction between spousal support, and child support, as they are two uniquely different topics. More...