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photo-1431540015161-0bf868a2d407MacLeod Family Law is a strong proponent of resolving family matters without resorting to the court system. By utilizing alternative resolution methods, client’s not only have the ability to reduce their legal fees, but also have greater control over the financial and emotional consequences of their relationship breakdown. The following processes and techniques are standard methods used as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation:

Negotiation

Negotiation is a method by which people settle differences without resorting to litigation. It is a process where parties try to reach a compromise or agreement and avoid argument and dispute.  In any disagreement, individuals understandably aim to achieve the best possible outcome for their position. However, if the parties are not willing to “give and take”, the negotiation will likely not be successful.

Negotiation is not a zerosum game; principles of fairness, seeking mutual benefit and maintaining a relationship are the keys to a successful outcome.  Further, the degree to which the negotiating parties trust each other to implement the negotiated solution is a major factor in determining whether negotiations are successful.

MacLeod Family Law lawyers are experienced in negotiating settlements that achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. If you are interested in learning more about how our lawyers can assist you in negotiating a settlement, please contact us to schedule a initial consultation.

Mediation

Mediation is a more interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. Mediation participants are encouraged to actively participate in the process. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication.

MacLeod Family Law lawyers have experience assisting their client’s in reaching mediated settlements that are innovative and tailored to their client’s individual needs. If you are interested in learning more about how our lawyers can assist you in reaching a mediated settlement, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

Arbitration

Arbitration is a process where the parties to a dispute refer it to an impartial adjudicator to make a final decision with regard to any unresolved issues arising from their relationship breakdown. The parties agree to be bound by the arbitrator’s decision. The arbitrator reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.

MacLeod Family Law lawyers are experienced in advocating for their client’s before a range of arbitrators. If you are interested in learning more about how our lawyers can assist you in an arbitration, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.