Divorce can be a messy, embarrassing process where you have to publicly discuss all the difficult things that happened in your marriage while fighting over the terms of both the division of your property and the custody of your children.

Thankfully, litigation is not the only way to navigate the end of a marriage. There are multiple different kinds of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that could help you and your ex resolve your issue without enduring a lengthy battle in court.

What are the different kinds of alternative dispute resolution?

When people talk about alternative ways to resolve outstanding issues in a Texas divorce, they most often think of either mediation or arbitration. Both of these resolution systems involve a neutral third party.

In arbitration, the neutral third party has complete authority to set specific terms based on what they hear from the parties going through arbitration. In some ways, arbitration is not unlike how a judge has the final authority in divorce proceedings. Arbitration can be a great solution for couples who want to file an uncontested divorce but don’t know how to compromise on certain issues.

If you want to maintain more control over the outcome of your divorce, mediation may be a better alternative. The neutral third party in mediation primarily tries to suggest workable compromises that can help you and your ex set terms that you can both agree on for your divorce. Some companies offer a blend of the two services, and it is also possible for direct negotiations between spouses or their attorneys to allow for an uncontested divorce filing.

For most families, these alternative dispute resolution options could work very well. However, for any scenarios that involve abuse or a very unhealthy dynamic between spouses, alternative dispute resolution may not be the best idea.