Family Lawyers Prefer Alternative Methods, but Many Cases Will Always Require a Courtroom

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Lawyers prefer to use alternative dispute resolution processes in family law, which cost the client less, take less time and make for longer-lasting co-operation between the parties after the fact, according to a recent study.

The study asked family lawyers to evaluate their experience using collaborative settlement processes, mediation, arbitration and litigation. More than 90 per cent said they preferred to resolve family law disputes through collaborative processes whenever possible and 94 per cent said their clients were satisfied with the outcomes when doing so.


Article is written by Aidan Macnab with commentary by Prof. Trevor Farrow and the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice.