Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures (Family Law) Law and Legal Definition

Generally, alternative dispute resolution procedures in relation to family law matters are limited to procedures known as mediation and collaborative practice. Mediation is a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with the help of a third party, the mediator, who assists the parties to negotiate their own settlement. Collaborative practice is a family law procedure in which the two parties agree that they will not go to court, or threaten to do so. Courts also encourage the use of arbitration, court-supervised settlement conferences, and judicial case management for resolution of family law matters. [Cal. San Francisco Trial Ct. Unif. L.R. 11.17].