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Going to court (or litigation) to resolve a dispute is often costly and/or time consuming. With civl matters – such as property issues, family law, or issues around money, there are alternatives to lawyers and courts. Going to court will mean there is a winner and a loser.

The loser is required to pay the winner's costs. Usually it also means the involvement of lawyers and the feeling of loss of control as legal processes and concepts take over the dispute. It is these features of the traditional litigious model of resolving disputes that has lead to an increasing demand for less ‘adversarial’ (or party against party) ways of achieving that result.

This is known as ‘alternative dispute resolution’.

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