Using ADR to Resolve Family Conflicts - Mediation Chesham and Settlement Conferences

May 13, 2022

Prior to going to trial, we make use of a number of different types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in an effort to settle disagreements that arise in family law disputes. When disputes involving a family can be resolved amicably, rather than by going to court, the people involved often end up saving both money and experiencing less emotional strain. Although it is not always feasible to resolve every issue before a trial, many difficulties may be effectively handled in advance, eliminating such subjects from the trial agenda. However, this does not mean that every issue can be resolved before a trial.

The following are the four types of motions that can be used to request ADR in the state of Chesham:

  1. A motion to participate in mediation.
  2. A motion for an alternative dispute resolution settlement conference
  3. A motion to have a conference for parents
  4. A motion for a review of the custody arrangement.


The ADR process of mediation is one that is held in strict confidence. The attorneys for both sides are excused from the mediation Chesham; in fact, nothing that is spoken during the session is shared with anybody, not even the judge who is presiding over the case. The mediator will make a written record of any agreement that is made, and then they will send that agreement to the judge to be signed as an order.

Chesham's Program.

Here's how to take advantage of the mediation Chesham programme offered by the family court, which is accessible at no cost to the parties. Concerning the concerns of child custody and visitation, a motion for mediation has been submitted, asking the court to mandate a meeting with a neutral third party mediator. The goal of this alternative dispute resolution approach is to reach a consensus on some or all of the contested aspects of child custody. When at all feasible, the mediator supports the parents in establishing arrangements that are beneficial to them both as well as their children - a win-win scenario for everyone involved. Since it takes the conciliation services of the family court approximately two months to arrange a mediation Chesham, it is in everyone's best interest to have the motion filed as soon as possible so that the appointment may be scheduled and any needless delays can be avoided.

Mediation Chesham Conducted in Private

It is possible for the parties to employ a private mediator, which normally saves time as compared to the two-month wait for a hearing on the court's schedule. Additionally, the private mediator supports the parties in achieving agreements, especially on topics that may initially appear to be insurmountable barriers to compromise. Any problem can be brought up for discussion during a private mediation Chesham session, from the division of marital property to who would care for the child during the day. This actually differentiates private mediation from the mediation Chesham programme offered by the court, which is exclusively concerned with matters pertaining to parenting. It is common practise for private mediators to charge by the hour; the going rate for this professional service is often €250 or more per hour.


When parties are unable to come to an agreement on problems pertaining to finances, they may turn to private mediation Chesham in an effort to achieve a resolution on those concerns. A party can also think about submitting a motion for an alternative dispute resolution settlement conference. As a brief aside, when there are still outstanding difficulties with child custody in a case, we often propose private mediation Chesham. However, it is conceivable to combine the concerns regarding custody with the monetary concerns that were brought up at the ADR settlement conference.

Not Binding.

For the purpose of supervising the settlement conference, a commissioner or judge pro tem may be appointed. Given each party's distinct stance on the problems at hand, he or she offers an assessment of how likely it is that the separate parties will prevail. (The judge who is now presiding over the case will not participate in the settlement meeting.) The view of the commissioner or the judge pro tem is not legally binding, but it is an extremely persuasive suggestion. It goes without saying that this honest counsel can serve as a "waking up call" on the relative legal merits of the positions taken by each party over the problems.

Conquering the Obstacles

There is a possibility that the ADR settlement conference will be the parties' last chance to attempt to reach a settlement before the trial. The meeting is highly helpful in finding solutions to various problems. It provides everyone with a new perspective on the legal problems involved in the case by allowing them to view them through the knowledgeable eyes of the commissioner or judge pro tem. In the course of our work, we've witnessed this approach result in significant progress in the parties' ongoing talks.

Many family law matters have been successfully resolved via the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). After reaching a settlement, the parties are required to engage into a legally binding agreement. After then, the only documents that need to be presented are the consent decree and any supporting pleadings. Because the attorneys are required to prepare their settlement memorandums and also participate at the conference, there are certain costs associated with these alternative dispute resolution conferences. The settlement conference, on the other hand, is typically a far more cost-efficient alternative than going to trial.

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