Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers In Toronto

Whenever most people think of family law disputes, the first image that usually comes to mind is dramatic courtroom litigation. This combative approach can become quite costly, leaving both spouses and partners with a sense of anger rather than resolution. There have been significant alternative dispute resolution developments in Ontario family law that provide mechanisms that are less costly and adversarial to couples who are willing to work together to resolve their differences.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a rapidly evolving area of family law that involves a more collaborative approach to dispute resolution among the spouses, their lawyers and other family law professionals. At Nathens, Siegel LLP, we provide multiple ADR solutions that can help spouses work through their disputes and negotiate agreements they both can support.

Finding A Solution That Works For You

The ADR process can be used in a number of different family law situations. Not only is it used to negotiate separation agreements, it can also be used to create marriage and cohabitation agreements between individuals intending to enter into a long-term relationship with the need to negotiate their financial affairs before doing so.

Our Toronto alternative dispute resolution lawyers offer the following ADR services to help resolve your family law needs:

  • Mediation: A mediator is a specially trained person who works with the spouses to amicably resolve their differences by helping to bridge the gap between them. The mediator is a neutral third party, and does not represent either spouse, but the spouses can have legal representation. Whether you are in need of a mediator or representation during the divorce mediation process, our lawyers are ready to help.
  • Arbitration: Spouses who choose arbitration agree to have their disputes resolved by an independent third party (the arbitrator). Whereas a mediator attempts to resolve disputes through dialogue, an arbitrator adjudicates a final, legally binding decision on both spouses. Our firm provides complete services in these matters, either as arbitrator or as legal counsel during the arbitration process.
  • Collaborative family law (CFL): In a collaborative law arrangement, the spouses and their lawyers agree at the outset to negotiate agreements to all disputes amicably and without resort to more formal court proceedings. Should the collaborative process fail to produce an agreement, the parties may resort to the courts, but the lawyers involved in the collaborative law process are not allowed to represent the spouses in any court proceeding. This process allows each spouse to have a say in all decisions that are made and to resolve disputes with dignity and respect.

Contact One Of Our ADR Lawyers In Mississauga Regarding Cohabitation Agreements And Other Matters

Contact our office to discuss your ADR options with one of our Ontario lawyers. Our initial consultations are offered at a reduced rate. You can reach us by phone at 888-353-1817 or via email to get started.