What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?
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What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
ADR, as the name implies, is an alternative to resorting to litigation to resolve a legal dispute between parties. The most common forms of ADR are: Mediation and Arbitration.
How does Alternative Disputre Resolution affect litigation?
Since ADR is an alternative to litigation, disputing parties do not have to begin a lawsuit prior to using any form of ADR. Also, filling a lawsuit does not preclude the use of ADR in conjunction with the litigation. Some courts, such a family court, often encourage or require parties to undertake some form of ADR prior to moving forward with litigation.