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A New Approach to Solving Conflict: Primary Dispute Resolution in Family-Based Matters

January 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Theresa R. Lorella

A couple months ago I came upon a concept called “Primary Dispute Resolution.” I had been searching online for ADR-related information and a link came up for an article about a legal practice out of Australia. Namely, in Australian family-related disputes, many jurisdictions have made dispute resolution the preferred method to deal with certain types of legal disputes prior to engaging the court system. 

It would also seem that these people in conflict are being asked to essentially exhaust dispute resolution procedures before engaging in court-based litigation. The Australian model asks parties and practitioners to consider options...

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