When your interactions with individuals, companies or organizations in Ohio do not go as planned, you may end up with a legal dispute. In some cases, you may not be able to resolve the matter outside of a courtroom. However, there are several other dispute resolution options that may be effective. At Artz Dewhirst & Wheeler, we have used a variety of dispute resolution methods to help clients reach satisfactory agreements.

Mediation is one method you may want to consider. This process usually involves a neutral third-party mediator who works with you and your opponent to facilitate a settlement. In this situation, the mediator helps to find a solution to the dispute, but you and the opposing party still have control over the settlement. Mediation may be an excellent option if you need to settle issues during a divorce.

Another option is arbitration. Like mediation, arbitration involves a neutral third party. However, you may not have as much control over the outcome of arbitration as you have with mediation. The third-party arbiter gathers information on the situation from you and your opponent and then makes a decision. There are both binding and non-binding types of arbitration. You may decide to enter the arbitration process on your own, or a court may initiate arbitration.

Facilitation is another type of dispute resolution. You may use this method if you are in a company or organization that is in conflict with another group. The goal of facilitation is to resolve conflicts between businesses, organizations and/or government agencies through effective communication and teamwork. You may find that facilitation is a good choice for coordinating joint work efforts or settling zoning disputes.

Dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation may help you effectively reach a solution without the time and expense of a court case. More information about dispute resolution is available on our web page.