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Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyers in Oceanside

Offering Decades of Family Dispute Resolution Experience

Family disputes can arise in countless ways over a variety of issues, such as child custody and relocation, spousal support, child support, and the division of marital property. These disputes may occur as part of an ongoing divorce or may arise in post-divorce situations years later or between unmarried parents.

At Palmer Rodak & Associates, we understand how difficult it can be to resolve family-related issues both amicably and effectively. We always seek to help clients resolve disputes in the most cost-efficient, timely, and constructive way possible to avoid the expense and animosity of litigation. As such, our firm offers alternative dispute resolution services designed to help you and the other party reach mutually acceptable agreements outside of the courtroom that will reasonably accommodate the needs and interests of all concerned.

Involved in a family law dispute? Contact our Oceanside alternative dispute resolution attorneys at (760) 573-2223 for a free consultation.

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

To save time and prevent court backlog, family courts encourage and sometimes order families to try out alternative resolution methods before resorting to litigation. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques are simply alternatives to litigation. They are used to help parties resolve disputes without undergoing the expensive and time-consuming process of courtroom litigation.

At Palmer Rodak & Associates, we help clients take advantage of these cost-cutting and time-saving methods. One of our lead attorneys serves as Pro Tem Mediator for Family Court Services in court-ordered mediation as well as a private mediator and representative for clients involved in mediation hearings.

Types of Alternative Dispute Resolution

No one wants to spend precious time and money on a long, drawn-out courtroom battle. Family law cases in particular are often best resolved through more amicable means like ADR. Two of the most common forms of alternative dispute resolution are mediation and arbitration.


The mediation process uses guided discussion between both parties to discover areas of agreement. Mediators are trained to help you and the other party reach an agreement that will satisfy you both. Disagreements are not handled through blame or fault-finding but through constructive problem-solving and communication with attention on the future as opposed to the past.

Mediation offers the following advantages:

  • It is less costly and time-consuming
  • It puts you and the other party in control rather than having a judge make decisions for you
  • It is conducted in a private environment


In arbitration, evidence from both sides is presented to a third-party arbitrator (or panel of arbitrators). Once all the evidence has been received and reviewed by the arbitrator, he or she will then determine how the matter should be settled. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding and provides a faster and more private resolution process than courtroom litigation.

Call our alternative dispute resolution lawyers in Oceanside at (760) 573-2223 today.


Former Clients Share Their Experience
  • My kids are my world and I am very happy to have her represent me in my case. I am extremely relieved having her by my side.

    “Layla made me feel so confident right away. She’s a very smart, strong woman who knows what she’s talking about. My kids are my world and I am very happy to have her represent me in my case. I am ...”

    - Corrie M.
  • I'm so thankful they took the time to meet with me, thank you so much Dillan!

    “Quality service!!! Comforting environment !! I'm so thankful they took the time to meet with me, thank you so much Dillan! I highly recommend coming here for any legal advice in family law! :)”

    - Amanda C.
  • His supporting staff is top-notch. I would highly recommend this firm.

    “Matthew took the time to explain things in detail during my consultation when I asked and did not pressure me when I told him that I needed additional time to make a decision. His supporting staff is ...”

    - Maria G.
  • Richard was very professional, he knew exactly the document he needed to complete for us, was very prompt in getting back to me and was very reasonable with his fee.

    “We used Palmer Rodak & Associates for our family's trust - to release funds from our deceased dad's 2 Wells Fargo accounts that were out of the state we reside in. Richard was very professional, he ...”

    - Maggie J.
  • “He was readily available for me in a moment of need. I reached out to his office and he was able to meet with me the same day!”

    - Robert B.

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