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Most people resolve their civil disputes without going through trial, and ADR can often help. ADR offers alternatives to trial including mediation, arbitration and settlement conferences. These informal processes are usually faster, more private, less expensive and less stressful than litigation and trial.
Family Law Court handles cases in which people are ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership, identifying a child’s legal parents, determining custody and visitation issues, establishing or enforcing child and spousal support or dealing with domestic violence issues. Family Law Court also handles cases in which a person wants to establish a legal parent-child relationship when that person is not married to the other parent.