Benefits of alternative dispute resolution with children

Few divorces or family law issues are without conflict. However, at the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., we understand that you and other Illinois residents may want to minimize the amount of conflict you experience during a dispute, especially when you have children involved. If your disagreement involves your children, such as seeking custody during your divorce or asking for a modification to your current visitation schedule, how can you shield them from the conflict but still have a chance of resolving the argument to your satisfaction?

An alternative dispute resolution method may help, explains the American Bar Association. For example, you might consider cooperative law when going through your divorce, or mediation for your divorce or post-divorce issues. They are commonly called amicable or uncontested divorce and problem-solving methods because they increase your chances of reducing conflict and reaching agreements that benefit everyone.

For example, when you and your spouse reach a custody agreement through mediation, your children may be shielded from seeing both of you fight over custody in a lengthy court battle. You and the other parent can learn communication and negotiation techniques that you can continue to use when disagreements arise during co-parenting.

You and your ex-spouse may no longer be married, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have harmony in your family, as our page on divorce explains. If you are able to make alternative dispute resolution work for you, then the divorce and the years to come can be easier for your children.