The Benefits of ADR
There are many benefits of alternative dispute resolution, particularly for women.
There are a whole lot of biases built into the legal system that operate against women, so if we want a better result, maybe we don’t use the system itself.
Maybe we should look for an alternative. So there are lots of alternative dispute resolution methods, and most of them:
- allow you to have more control about what the outcome is,
- have more control of the timeline, and
- have more control over the cost.
The problem with litigation is that it might sound like the first stage is cheaper, but then it goes on and on and on. There are hidden costs and everything costs extra, with each stage getting more and more expensive.
With alternative dispute resolution, you general get a fixed fee and all extra costs are all built in.
The other thing about alternative dispute resolution is that it’s private. So when you put something into the court system, it becomes public. Courts are open systems. Justice is supposed to be available for everyone to go watch, and if a judgment is made, it is publicly available for everyone to have a look at, but not only that. Court files can be searched by anyone for a long time. They go into archives, and anyone can have a look back through what was filed.
Now, the other benefit of alternative dispute resolution is that you can look at what else is important to you. So when you’re doing alternative dispute resolution, you can have in mind that one of the main objectives is not for this relationship to completely break down. So you can preserve something of the relationship and potentially create a precedent of how to move forward, how to resolve conflict between yourselves in the future, rather than just having this stalemate and burning a bridge and letting a relationship go that would otherwise be important to you.
Whereas if you go through litigation, it often makes relationships worse. It’s very rare that people come through a court litigation and can still maintain a relationship after that.