Finding Better Ways To Resolve Disputes

Child custody disputes, child support, spousal support and property division: These are just a few of the matters that can be part of the challenging situation you encounter.

The choice to focus on the disagreement and conflict or to focus on long-term solutions has to be made. If you are willing to work together with your ex-spouse to find solutions, then Alternative Dispute Resolution, also known as ADR, may be beneficial for you. I am a lawyer with almost 40 years' experience in family law litigation and alternative dispute resolution. My law practice, Judith Holzman Law Offices, is located in Vaughan and serves clients throughout the surrounding areas of Ontario.

I am specifically trained in collaborative law and arbitration. I run a mediation/arbitration practice under the name "Working Together." My experience in all three ADR methods means that I can guide you through the process with skill and empathy. I am a mediator and arbitrator, and I have also partaken as a lawyer in many mediations and arbitrations.

Choosing The Alternative Dispute Resolution Method That Works For You

When you talk with me, I will help you understand which ADR method is likely to benefit you most. Depending on your particular situation, you may decide to try:

  • Mediation — This process keeps the matter private instead of airing details in public, as happens in litigation. During mediation, a neutral mediator helps both spouses negotiate a mutually acceptable settlement with one another.
  • Arbitration — Unlike a mediator, an arbitrator has the legal ability to decide the ultimate outcome. In other words, he or she acts as a private judge and creates a binding settlement. Learn more by visiting my mediation and arbitration page.
  • Collaborative law — Both spouses, their lawyers and other professionals comprise a team whose goal is to create an innovative "win-win" settlement agreement. In some cases, grandparents or other close family members may be involved. However, as your lawyer, my loyalty and efforts are on your behalf. Learn more about this approach by visiting my collaborative law page.

ADR Comes With Many Benefits

No matter which ADR method you choose, it is likely to be less expensive than taking your dispute to court. The odds are that it will also be resolved more quickly and much more privately. Most importantly, working together with the other party allows you to create a solution that is personalized to you and your family.

Schedule a consultation by contacting my office online or by calling me at 905-303-1070 (Vaughan), 416-977-3050 (Toronto) or 866-233-0945 (Canada toll free).