This process greatly reduces stress in your situation. Listen to Judge Artis Reis discuss “Alternative Dispute Resolution“:
We can help you avoid a slew of unsavory consequences that accompany going to court to resolve conflict.
- Financial – attorney fees, loss productivity, time loss
- Physical price – stress, accidents, lack of sleep
- Intellectual price – adversarial assumptions
- Emotional price – anger and distrust
- Social price – broken relationships
- Spiritual price – Imbalance
- Systemic price – dysfunction
Know that we have your best interest at heart
Your good name, mindset, and finances are concerns for us, which is why you should choose mediation and arbitration over a trial.
Our office has full intentions of helping you seek justice in an affordable, stress–free and honest environment.
A mediator assists the parties resolve their differences by:
- Guiding discussion
- Identifying problems needing solutions
- Listening and making sure each side is understood and understands the other side
- Focusing the parties on their interests
- Helping to explore solutions
- Testing ideas to make sure they are workable
- Helping to draft the parties agreement
Resolution of the conflict in mediation will happen only if BOTH sides agree. The mediator does not make decisions for the parties.
A neutral trained arbitrator is selected by the parties to decide the outcome of the issues between them. The process can be customized to the needs of the parties. Decisions can be made more quickly. The outcome can be confidential. Arbitration is often used in business transactions, but Iowans may find its use increasing in family law cases as the waiting time for trial increases.
COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS:
Parties can agree to work together to resolve conflict and furthermore agree to hire attorneys who are not allowed to go to trial and must resolve the conflict by other means. For a more detailed review our collaborative law page.