Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) usually takes the form of mediation. In terms of mediation, ADR is the process by which individuals involved in a conflict can reach an agreement that solves their problem through the use of a mediator who drafts a contract that each party member involved must sign.
Conflict occurs when two or more parties disagree on an issue and this leads to a dispute that may escalate over time if left untreated by a professional mediator. The UK law offers a mediation service that is confidential to the parties involved and has the aim of resolving any issues that have led to a conflict or may lead to a more serious dispute involving violence or abuse.
It is often hard when two parties have disputes that need resolving. If the issues at hand are not too colossal and the parties involved are willing to co-operate, disputes can often be easily resolved through mediation, compromise and discovering a rational solution.
Divorce is the legal separation of two people that dissolves the terms of marital union. Throughout the divorce process issues of spousal support, child support and distribution of property are resolved by the courts, as is the case with most western countries.
Family mediation is a way of resolving disputes in a relationship. It has its advantages as an amicable solution may be able to be reached between your family without having to take the situation further, i.e. involving the courts.
Often through the process of mediation, differences can be resolved or settled by working with the conflicting parties. Once the situation has been mediated, both parties can choose whether they want to continue with the business/relationship or continue separately.
Conflict resolution is an intervention aimed at lessening or eliminating tumult through mediation. It can involve a wide range of methods but all hoping to obtain a similar result: to find a means of resolving conflict.
Mediation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) allows a dispute or conflict to be resolved in a relatively short time frame. In the mediation process, all parties involved have to agree to participate in the mediation process before the process commences. Mediation can involve two or more parties and the mediator must speak to each party individually to gain all aspects of the problem before pursuing collaborative mediation.
Using mediation is a good way to try and resolve disputes that cannot be otherwise lessened between the two parties involved. You may need a solicitor to act as an unbiased third party and help you agree to a solution.
A mediator is a person in the ADR profession whose role it is to act as a third party and solve the problem between two parties who have come to a conflict and cannot resolve it. A mediator may deal with family disputes, neighbourhood conflicts or commercial disagreements and this varied experience enables the mediator to regard the problematic situation from the outside whilst seeing and identifying the issues from within.