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Resolve Divorce Outside of Court in Alabama

Posted by Sam P. Dixon, III | Apr 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

Resolving a divorce outside of court through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods can offer several advantages, including reduced cost, faster resolution, and greater control over the outcome. In Alabama, couples have several options for resolving their divorce through ADR:

  1. Mediation: Mediation involves a neutral third party (the mediator) who helps facilitate communication and negotiation between the spouses. The mediator does not make decisions but assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement on issues such as child custody, support, and property division. Mediation can be voluntary or court-ordered, and the process is confidential.

  2. Collaborative Divorce: In a collaborative divorce, each spouse retains their own attorney trained in collaborative law. The spouses and their attorneys work together in a series of meetings to negotiate a settlement agreement that meets the needs and interests of both parties. If the collaborative process fails, the spouses must hire new attorneys to represent them in court.

  3. Arbitration: Arbitration is a process in which a neutral third party (the arbitrator) hears arguments and evidence from both spouses and makes a binding decision on the disputed issues. Arbitration can be less formal and more flexible than traditional litigation, but the decision is legally binding and enforceable.

  4. Negotiation: Spouses can negotiate directly with each other or through their attorneys to reach a settlement agreement on issues such as property division, child custody, and support. Negotiation can take place informally or through formal settlement conferences.

  5. Parenting Coordinators: In cases involving child custody disputes, parents may use a parenting coordinator to help resolve conflicts and develop a parenting plan. Parenting coordinators are trained professionals who assist parents in making decisions about their children's care and well-being.

  6. Settlement Conferences: Settlement conferences are meetings between the spouses and their attorneys, often facilitated by a judge or mediator, to discuss potential settlement options and reach agreements on disputed issues.

Regardless of the ADR method chosen, it's essential for both spouses to approach the process in good faith, with a willingness to compromise and cooperate in reaching a fair and equitable resolution. Consulting with an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with ADR processes can help you navigate the process effectively and protect your interests. If you are going through a divorce in or around the Birmingham, Alabama area, contact Dixon Law, LLC online or call us at (205) 616-8896 today. We will schedule a Free Consultation with family law attorney Sam P. Dixon III and help you understand and make informed decisions about resolving your divorce.

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Sam P. Dixon, III

Mr. Sam P. Dixon, III was born in Mobile, Alabama. The great-grandson of the Alabama Governor, Frank Dixon, Sam has come from a long family history of politics and the legal profession. Mr. Dixon always admired and respected the legal profession and aspired to help people obtain justice and fairn...


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