Collaborative practice, mediation and conflict resolution approaches are creatively used to resolve disputes. Negotiations based on common interests and needs help resolve family arguments. Though an open airing of issues an understanding is reached about the common interests of family members. From this understanding a number of possible options are developed and discussed leading the family to decide on a resolution of their dispute. Too often heated disagreements lead to fractures in a family where a tense atmosphere perpetuates the conflict and it becomes next to impossible to reach a settlement.
Areas for the use of collaborative dispute resolutions:
• Family Disputes - the use of conflict resolution approaches to resolve family disputes
• Civil Disputes – the use of dispute resolution to settle to settle disputes that have a psycho-legal component
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Business Disputes - in matters including contract disputes, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, business dissolution or reorganization, restrictive covenants, construction disputes, and other disputes.
Divorce Mediation - a process which helps a couple resolve issues in a divorce by reaching a mutually agreeable settlement. The mediator creates an environment where communication is facilitated and the couple can state their goals and define their mutual interests. It is best when the couple is in general agreement about most areas of the divorce.
Collaborative Divorce - is an approach for resolving disputes as an alternative to litigation - which solves disputes by bringing them to court. In the collaborative process, disputes are resolved through negotiations based on the interests and needs of the parties. While negotiations may be used in a court based approach the adversarial model is in the background and therefore information gathered in the negotiations will be used to test positions and prepare for the possibility of a trial. Collaborative Practice is an efficient option to cumbersome court based approaches. In Collaborative Practice the focus is on an effective resolution of a dispute that involves a win for both parties. This is especially important in situations when the parties to the dispute will have continuing future contact.
Post-Divorce Conflict Resolution - used when a focus is needed on the divorced parents being able to keep their conflict under control and when necessary to make joint decisions regarding the children.