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Although most people live their lives by the rules and these parties agree to contracts and fulfill their legal obligations, misunderstandings do crop up from time to time. Agreements can be incomplete, or even one-sided, and unseen circumstances can arise. When conflict is inevitable, the question becomes just how to solve these bumps in the road as they arise. Your Hauppauge family law attorney has the answers. Our nation has four recognized means of conflict resolution, here they are.

Through negotiation, both parties control the process and the outcome. The matter is resolved when both parties develop terms acceptable to both sides. However, if both sides cannot come to a resolution, then they need help.

When negotiation fails, mediation is the best tool to resolve conflict. A mediator's job is to help people separate emotions from the conflict so parties can focus on a resolution. Through mediation, the only commitment both parties make is to negotiate in good faith. Mediators help the parties do reality checks, look at economic interests and separate people from the problem.

If mediation fails to resolve the issue, parties can then turn to arbitration. Though not as effective as mediation, arbitration is far better than litigation. For more rapid results, parties agree that an arbitrator's decision will be binding. Basically, parties submit their dispute to a neutral third party for a final decision on the matter. The conflicting parties carry an influence during the process, but have no control over the outcome.

The least desirable way to resolve a conflict is through litigation. In this process, both parties lose complete control over the process and the outcome. After much time and money, a judge or jury resolves the dispute. Emotions run high during this process and it can take its toll on the psyche of the parties involved.

If you are in conflict with your ex-spouse, it would be wise to contact us.

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