Alternative Dispute Resolution, explained by North Carolina attorney Janet Reed

ADR refers to methods of dispute settlement outside of the court. In a new article, Janet Pittman Reed, Esq. explains in layman's terms.
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - July 16, 2019 - PRLog -- What is Alternative Dispute Resolution? Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is an umbrella term used for methods of dispute settlement outside of the courtroom, with the help of a neutral third party. Since ADR programs are more expeditious and less costly than court cases, they present viable alternative solutions for dispute settlement.

Attorney Janet Reed, based in North Carolina, has published a comment that reviews related issues. The complete article will be published on her Blog at

Unlike court cases, which are generally adversarial, ADR programs allow the disputing parties to better understand each other's position. As a result, they are more likely to collaborate and reach a mutually acceptable solution.

While there are many ways to settle disputes outside of the court, mediation and arbitration are the most commonly used methods. Performed by a neutral third-party – a trained individual – mediation is an informal process to facilitate negotiations between the disputing parties and help them reach a consensus. The role of the mediator is to help both the parties break the deadlock, explore their options and find a mutually agreeable solution. For this, the mediator may talk to the involved parties together or separately.

While mediators can facilitate the process by providing options for possible solutions or by guiding the disputants, they cannot enforce anything. Also, they have to stay impartial throughout the process.

Mediation can be a better choice than litigation in case of a dispute between business partners, family members, neighbors, landlords and tenants, and labor issues with the management. It has also been increasingly used for divorce cases and to settle issues related to child custody.

ADR processes are a compelling alternative to court trials. They not only allow for quick settlement of disputes and are less costly, but also increase the chances of finding a solution that is acceptable to both the disputing parties. While there are many different methods of alternative dispute resolution, such as case conferencing, neutral evaluation, parenting coordination, and conciliation, mediation and arbitration are most commonly used.

*** Janet Pittman Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver's License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.


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